Q: “I have noticed recently that when I reverse in my car I hear a squealing sound from my back tires. What is going on? Is something stuck in there or something? It only happens in reverse and it goes away once I accelerate.” Katie S.

A: What you are hearing is the squealer that is attached to your brakes. As the pads wear down the squealer rubs against the rotor making a high pitched noise to indicate that it is time for a brake job (you can see a squealer attached to that brake pad pictured above). Sometimes a squealing sound could be something else, but a tell-tale sign of a brake squealer is that the sound will go away once you depress the brake. You are hearing this in reverse because the car is going slowly in reverse. You can really only hear the squealer at low speeds so you won’t hear it much driving forward (unless you live in Oak Bay, ZING!).

If you think you might need a front or rear brake job just send us a message and we can slot you in, or at least take a quick look to confirm you have a brake squealer spoiling your quiet ride.

- Gerry Brouwer

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  1. Steve Pringle says:

    Hello from the USA.

    I have been hearing this sound when parking a Sentra as I always back into spots and driveway. Thanks to your post, I now know to give my brakes a professional check. So, does it work for the front brakes as well?

  2. Virginia Rodriguez says:

    Why does my car make a speaking noise. only when I back up ? The brake shoes are all good Could. It be cause it’s a cheap brand ?I got at Oreilys auto parts.

  3. Mozellewhitehead@yahoo.com says:

    I have that squeaking noice when I back up, took it in they said I need no brakes it will go away they clean by my brakes but look like the sound getting louder what can I do it scary at 77 thanks.

  4. It is tough for us to diagnose it if we can’t see it. If you are in the area bring it by, if not, find a mechanic you can trust and heed their advice!

  5. Matt says:

    I herd squealing when I was backing up, read this article, so I brought it in, they replaced my back breaks, but now I still hear the noise. Why?

  6. For all specific inquiries, just send us a note through our contact page or give us a call.

  7. Manish says:

    While reversing 2008 sienna from driveway or parking lot, I hear loud noise from rear end as something is stuck. I do not hear all the time but frequently. This happens only when I reverse and vehicle moves slowly. I get the feeling as something got struck underneath and as I move forward the vehicle drives fine. Please help. Thanks

  8. All service questions need to be sent through our contact page to speak to a tech. We are in Victoria, BC, and can only service cars in our area.

  9. Christina says:

    I hear a moaning sound when I back up in the front of my car

  10. Christina says:

    I hear a moaning sound kind of like when your power steering pump goes out but it’s only in reverse

  11. Give us a call and we should be able to help you out.

  12. That doesn’t sound ideal – get in touch with us through our contact page and we can help you out.

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