Brakes Squeaking When Reversing

You can assume there is an issue when you hear any brake noise.

Whether or not the noise is an indication of a serious brake issue, it still requires attention and investigation.

If you hear brake noise while your car is in reverse, this can be a sign that there is an issue.

There are several reasons why your car’s back brakes might start making noise when you reverse.

  • Brake pads need to be replaced.
  • There is dirt on the brake pads, which needs to be cleaned off.
  • A pebble or a piece of metal could be in the brake caliper. You need to lubricate and clean the moving parts if this is the case.
  • If you hear a noise when you reverse, that’s usually a sign that the brake pads need to be replaced.

In this article, I will look at various aspects of back brakes squeaking.


When Cold

This issue is caused by brake pads that haven’t been properly fit in, if you’re experiencing a squealing brake noise when the vehicle is in reverse, but the sound goes away when the brakes are warmed up

When the brake pads rub against the rotors they create heat. If the brakes are cold, the heat isn’t there yet and causes an audible squeal. Warming up the brakes will eliminate the noise.

In the Morning

There are a few things that can be done to help reduce or eliminate the noise when the brakes are applied in reverse in the morning.

  • Ceramic pads can be used as a different type of brake pad. The noise-reducing properties of these pads are well known.
  • It’s possible to have the brake rotors resurfaced or replaced.

Clicking Noises

A vehicle is in reverse and there is a noise that comes from the brakes. The clicking noise can be caused by the brake pads moving or shifting in a new direction of travel.

Repeated noise is most likely caused by too much movement between the surfaces of the pads. There isn’t necessarily a bigger issue going on with this noise.

The clicking noise can be reduced by applying disk brake caliper grease.

It’s not a good idea to apply the pads to the sliding parts of the calipers. The noise from the slides should be eliminated with the help of grease.

If you still hear it at the same level or frequency after applying the grease, you should investigate further. A lack of anti-rattle clips can be the reason for this clicking.

If you performed your brake change and didn’t have a replacement set, these clips may have been removed and never replaced.

Purchase some new clips and put them back on your brakes to solve the issue.

Wear Tabs

Squealing and squeaking when driving in reverse can be caused by several different issues, so after investigating one issue you should research more if the sound persists.

If your vehicle doesn’t have many miles on the brakes, then you should check your wear tabs. If your brakes don’t work in either direction, it may be a problem.

This noise can be an indication that your brakes need to be replaced because the wear tabs at the end of the brakes can rub against the rotor.

Check for Metal

Squeal occurs when metal touches something else. The next thing to look for is between the pads and your rotors.

The effect will create a sound if small pieces of metal are between the two parts. If you clean the pads and rotors, you might be able to free the noise.

Grease Shims

If your vehicle is newer and you have already checked the wear tabs, the next thing to do is check the shims to see if they need greasing.

The back of the brake pads has lubrication on them. Grease should be applied on both sides to eliminate any movement problems.

Lubrication may not be the solution if the pads did not come with grease when installed.

Don’t put too much grease in these areas or you will create a sticky build-up as the grease ages.

Resurfacing Rotors

If the previous methods haven’t helped, you can take a more extreme measure and lightly sand your rotors.

If you want to avoid issues with brake pulsation, you need to make sure the rotors are sanded evenly across the entire surface.

How to Stop This?

When you reverse, there are a few things you can do to make your brakes quieter.

  • The grease should be applied to the brake pads and calipers.
  • The brake pads and rotor can be sprayed with some silicone spray.
  • The brake calipers need to be adjusted so that they are closer to the rotors.
  • You can try different types of brake pads.


It is important to know that the back brakes can make noise. This issue can be fixed by making necessary repairs. Take your car to a mechanic if you are having this problem.

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