Why Do My Brakes Squeak? There may be several things that make this happen. One possible reason is rust on your Brake Rotors. When you live in the northeast, and they put salt on the roads in the winter over time it will make the Brake Rotors rust and as you apply the Brakes it causes a Why Do My Brakes Squeak. Another reason may be that your Brake Pads may be close to the end of their life. Brake Pad manufacturers put a little metal tab on the Brake Pads. When the Brake Pads get worn out and are ready to be changed it will make a squealing sound when you apply the brakes to let you know it is time to replace them. If you hear a grinding sound when you are applying the brakes on your vehicle that means that your Brake Pad friction material is worn out. The metal plate that holds the Brake Pad is going metal to metal with the Brake Rotor. If you hear this noise, you want to get vehicle checked out immediately by a Brake Specialist. If you need the Brake System checked out on your vehicle, give us a call and we would be happy to check it over for you and give you our recommendation to get your vehicle back on the road and safe again.