Brake Squeal, Squeaky Brakes, Brake Squeaking Mini – Part 1

21 Oct Brake Squeal, Squeaky Brakes, Brake Squeaking Mini – Part 1

Brake Squeal, Squeaky Brakes, Brake Squeaking MINI

We commonly get requests to solve Mini car owner’s squeaky brakes issues. Brake Squeal, Squeaky Brakes, or Brake Squeaking on your Mini have some common causes. The first question we often ask is where the Mini owner parks his/her car. Brake discs or brake rotors and brake pads are manufactured with varying amounts of ferrous material. Often when the Mini is parked outside in the driveway or street near a lawn or garden it will encounter mist from nearby sprinklers. Material made of iron rusts quickly and it is not uncommon for the Mini owner to experience brake squeal in the morning when driving work due to a thin layer of rust o that developed on the brakes.

In California, especially in the South Bay, Silicon Valley, San Jose Area, we experience two dew points during the night. The first occurs in the late evening when the fog rolls in and the second, during the early morning when the sun rises and the fog begins to burn off.  Therefore, the squeaking brakes on your Mini could have moisture and minor surface rust in the morning which cause temporary squeaky brakes.

For some Mini owners, brake squeal is as painful a noise as finger nails scraping a chalk board. We encourage you to park your car in a garage, if possible. If you must park your vehicle outdoors, we suggest Wheel Tire Covers (Wheel Maskers) to alleviate squeaky brakes. Autobody paint shops use them all time to protect the car’s wheels and tires from paint overspray. The good and fast ones for easy installation have a half moon wire frame with heavy fabric attached. They install in seconds and will protect your brakes from sprinkler mist and the Northern California Dew.  The generic ones commonly found on eBay and Amazon do not have the wire support and can be arduous to install. Contact RennWerks, if you would like to purchase a set of quality wheel and tire covers that take seconds to install.

Wilwood Custom Brake Caliper on a Mini Cooper S

Phone: 408-370-7480

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To schedule an appointment for major or minor service, please contact service@rennwerks.com or 408-370-7480. We welcome you to stop by our shop at 1070 Dell Ave Campbell, CA 95008. If you have any questions about your auto’s performance or maintenance, don’t be shy about asking our friendly staff for assistance.