Lexus vehicles are among the highest-quality on the market, but even luxury cars eventually encounter problems. One problem that necessitates Lexus maintenance is loud or squeaky brakes. Below, we’ve listed some of the reasons why your brakes could be noisier than normal, as well as the Lexus maintenance and repairs recommended to fix the problem.
Reasons for loud or squeaky brakes:
You should never ignore squeaky brakes: loud or squeaky brakes are a sign that it’s time for Lexus service or maintenance. Here are some of the major reasons behind loud or squeaky brakes:
1. Your brake pads or insulation shims need replacing. Insulation shims, which are placed next to the steel part of the brake pad, eventually wear and require replacement. Additionally, brake pads can cause squeaking if they are old or were improperly installed.
2. Your brake rotors are rusty or worn. Brakes can also rust. Usually, operating a Lexus vehicle that hasn’t been driven for a while can shake off this rust, but if your brakes continue to squeak, your rotor may be worn. A worn rotor can make your brakes squeak or even shudder when braking hard. If you think your rotor may be worn, bring your vehicle in for Lexus maintenance so that a technician can diagnose the problem.
3. Your anti-rattle clip is damaged. Pad stays keep brake pads in place; in turn, anti-rattle clips keep pad stays still when your vehicle is braking. One reason for a squeaking Lexus could be overused anti-rattle clips that need replacing. A replacement anti-rattle clip will quiet the squeaky brakes on your Lexus.
Recommended Lexus maintenance for your brakes:
Lexus recommends that you take several steps for proper brake maintenance:
First, check your brake fluid level using the see-through reservoir on your vehicle every thirty days. If the fluid is low or dirty, make sure to replace the fluid up to the “Full” line.
Lexus also suggests that a technician should inspect your brakes as part of your routine six-month or 5,000-mile Lexus maintenance check. During this check, your technician will examine your brake pads, rotors, and calipers to ensure that they are functioning properly and don’t require further Lexus repair. After 18 months, your technician should also inspect your brake lines and hoses.
Ensure that your brakes remain quiet and functional over the long life of your Lexus by scheduling regular Lexus maintenance with LexService. Our expert Lexus technicians will ensure that your brakes continue to work at peak performance. Plus, we’re more affordable than our competitors. Contact LexService for Lexus maintenance and repair today!