Noisy Brakes After New Pads: How To Fix It

After you have replaced your car’s brake pad, you may sometimes hear your brake making a noise. This can happen for many reasons.

When you change your brake pads, the old one needs time to break down and be flushed out of the system before lubricating oil enters again. If this doesn’t happen during that process, there will be pressure in the reservoir, creating noise when applying pedal force on braking events.

But don’t worry – this is a relatively easy problem to fix. Here’s how to quiet noisy brakes after new pads.

What could be causing my brakes to make noise after replacing my brake pads?


One potential possibility is that moisture, small pebbles, or the backing plate touching the rotor could be causing the grinding sound.

Brake dust and brake drums could also be responsible for the noise – get a replacement for your worn pads before you get rotor damage!

The mechanic should also inspect each disc rotor or drum for any damage. If any are found, resurfacing or replacing the part may be necessary.

How can I fix noisy brakes after replacing my brake pads?

A quick fix for noisy brakes can be done by using the emergency brake. This procedure is dangerous and should only be done by a professional. It causes the brake shoes to polish the grooves out of the drum, damaging the brakes.

To fix noisy brakes after replacing brake pads, drive a car in a remote area at 40 mph and lightly pull up on the emergency brake handle. Hold the emergency brake for about three seconds because you don’t want to overheat the drums.

This remedy will help reduce or eliminate the noise your brakes make; drive a car at average speeds and use brakes as you normally would complete this remedy. If the noise has not changed, try something else.

Why do my brakes squeal after I replace my brake pads?

When you replace brake pads and rotors, it’s unlikely that you’ll hear any noise from your car’s brakes. If the noise persists after replacing both parts, there are several possible reasons why this may be the case.

One such possibility is rust buildup or moisture on the brake pads. The brakes will squeal after the brake pads have been replaced as a result of this. Another potential reason for brake squeal is that replacing brake pads and using a different rotor surface area can cause this problem.

Additionally, if your rotors are worn down too thin, you must replace them.

How can I stop my brakes from squealing after I replace my brake pads?

If your car’s brakes are squealing after you replace the brake pads, there are a few possible causes. One reason may be that you only replaced the rotors or brake pads, but not both. Another possibility is that the new parts aren’t seating correctly and must be adjusted.

Lastly, if the noise persists after replacing both the pads and rotors, there may be a more serious issue with the braking system that needs to be addressed.

What could be causing my brakes to squeal after replacing my brake pads?

There are a few things that could be causing your brakes to squeal after replacing the brake pads. If the noise continues after replacing the pads and rotors, it is likely not a problem. However, there are a few possible reasons why the noise may still exist:

  • Worn brake pad material
  • Rotor damage
  • Brake dust and foreign debris between the braking pad and brake disc (rotor)
  • The glazed finish on brake rotor or drum
  • Incorrect installation or lubrication of brake pads
  • Lack of lubrication on the caliper piston
  • Damage to the rotor/drum

How can I fix my brakes if they are making a grinding noise after I replaced my brake pads?

If you’re experiencing a grinding noise from your brakes after replacing them, don’t worry–it’s normal. However, the noise will lessen over time, and it’s unlikely that you’ll have any problems with your brakes after they’ve been replaced.

If the noise persists even after replacing both the brake pads and rotors, there may be a few possible explanations:

  • The rotors weren’t ground down properly
  • The new pads are becoming used to the uneven rotors
  • There is something else wrong with the brakes that must be fixed.

If your brake pads and rotors have been replaced and you’re still experiencing a grinding noise, it’s probably time to grind down the rotors again.

What could be causing my brakes to make a grinding noise after replacing my brake pads?

The most common reason for this sound is that the pad’s life has expired – in other words, they are no longer effective in stopping the car.

Another possible explanation is that moisture has gotten onto the rotor after sitting overnight. As you apply pressure, this can cause the rotor to grind against the brake pad.

A third possibility is that small pebbles or debris have become caught between the rotor and rotor backing plate. This can happen when brake service is recently done or the wheels are removed from the car.

Why are my brakes clicking after I replaced my brake pads?

If you’ve replaced your brake pads and they’re still making a clicking noise, it’s probably because the new pads aren’t quite used to the uneven rotors.

In this case, the best thing to do is to keep driving normally and let the pads wear down more. The noise should stop once they’ve been worn in a little more.

Why Are My Brakes Making Noise?

There are three common brake noises: grinding, thumping, and squeaking.

Grinding noise is usually caused by metal-to-metal contact between the brake pad and the rotor. This noise can affect your brake performance and put you at risk while driving.

A warped rotor usually causes a thumping noise. Warped rotors can cause the brake pads to vibrate, creating a thumping noise.

Squeaking noise is usually caused by the brake pads not being applied correctly, worn down brake pads, or rust on the braking system. This noise can also affect your brake performance and put you at risk while driving.

What Happens When You Let That Grinding Noise Go on Too Long

If you’re hearing a grinding noise when you drive, it could be that your brake pads are worn metal-to-metal. In this case, the brake pads must be replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Another common cause of a grinding noise in the brakes is moisture on the rotor after sitting overnight. This can usually be resolved by driving the car for a few miles and then applying the brakes firmly several times.

Braking can make a noise like grinding or squeaking due to small pebbles caught between the rotor and the backing plate. It’s usually unnecessary to replace parts if this is the only issue.

It usually takes driving the car under normal braking conditions for about 500 miles for new brake pads to get worn in and stop making a noise.

The brake pads need to heat up to stop the squeaking noise. If they’re cold, they won’t work properly and may cause more damage.

The brakes can also stop the noise by wearing in the pads over time – but this process may take months or years, so it’s best not to wait too long before addressing this problem!

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

1. How Do I Get My Brakes To Stop Squeaking?

There are a few different ways to get your brakes to stop squeaking:
The most common way is to remove all the brake pads, disassemble the calipers, lubricate all moving caliper parts with high-temperature grease, and lubricate all caliper-to-brake pad contact points with brake pad lube.

Another way to stop the noise is to grease or replace the brake pads and rotors.

If your brakes are squeaking after you’ve replaced them, apply a brake squeak.

If you have an automatic transmission, your car likely has brake pads and rotors that need to be replaced at least occasionally.

2. Why Are My Brand-New Brakes Squealing?

There are a few possible reasons why your new brakes might be squeaking:

The most likely cause is that the brake pads need to be lubricated. When the pads rub against the rotors, they can create a squeaking noise. This usually happens when the brake pads are new and have not been used yet.

Another possibility is that you may have purchased aftermarket brake pads containing a high “bimetal” material. This material can cause new brakes to squeal until it wears down.

3. What Can Cause A Grinding Noise In The Braking System?

Grinding noises can be heard in brake systems when the pad’s life is exhausted or when small pebbles get caught between the rotor and rotor backing plate. Another cause of grinding noise from brakes is moisture on the rotor after sitting overnight, which will usually disappear after you apply the brake a few times.

4. How Much Does It Cost To Get A Brake Job?

The cost of brake jobs can vary depending on what needs to be replaced. For example, if the rotors need to be replaced, that can cost an additional $100-$150. However, if the mechanic can resurface the rotors instead, that could save you up to $100-$150. So it’s important to ask about the different options and their costs before deciding.

5. How Do I Fix A Squeaky Brake?

A squeaky brake is caused by worn-out brake pads rubbing against the rotors. To fix this, replace the brake pads and rotate the rotors. You’ll want to use quality brake pads and rotors for this job.

Make sure to clean off the surface of the rotors and pads thoroughly before installing them. Also, make sure to check the condition of the brake fluid reservoir and lines to ensure there aren’t any leaks.

6. How Often Should My Brakes Be Checked?

It depends on how much driving you do each year. Most drivers only need to perform brake checks every two years, but some drive more than 10,000 miles yearly. In addition, if you live in a cold climate, you may need to check your brakes more frequently.


If your car’s brakes are making noise after you’ve just replaced the brake pads, don’t panic. The caliper is likely slightly misaligned, and the noise will disappear after a few days of driving. If it doesn’t, or if you’re unsure how to fix the problem, take your car to a mechanic for a check-up.

John D. Archer

John D. Archer is a mechanical engineer and writer based on the area of automotive accessories at, A resident expert and professional, John is passionate about all things automotive and loves to share his knowledge. He has good experience in all kind of automotive accessories. He has worked as a chief mechanical engineer in some reputed automotive garage firm.