Squeeeeeky Brakes

Squeeeeeky Brakes

I've had really squeaky brakes from day one but the service center says that's normal because we don't use brakes that much. Not really buying the reason and hate the fact that a brand new 100k car sounds like a 10 year old Kia at a stop sign. Anyone else having issues?

chriscap | 15. September 2013

Amazingly ten minutes after posting my comment, someone from the Tesla Ownership Experience program called me to talk about the squeaky brakes. He confirmed that the best way to deal with them is to hard brake a few times when driving about 5mph. Will try it and see but so great to see Tesla listening and responding to try to help out.

KWTESLA | 15. September 2013

Brakes what brakes ? Most all of my stops are regeneration! Only apply brakes at full stop not much squeaking on my car!

gshriber | 19. April 2014

Same exact experience here. Took into Tesla service Seattle and they acted surprised like they were not aware of the squeaking brake issue. When the car was returned the problem was exactly unchanged. They told me to give it a few more months to "brake them in" . Now four months later still no difference in volume or frequency.

I called last week and service told me, "we did everything we could do… sorry". I can't believe that my 100K car turns heads at a crosswalk not because of how cool it is, but because it sounds like a clunker. Very embarrassing!

AmpedRealtor | 19. April 2014

@ gshriber,

You received bad information from your service center. There is a service bulletin to replace the rotors in order to address the squeaking. It is a harmonic issue, so changing the mass of the rotors is required to change the resonating frequency. My service center immediately replaced the rotors on my P85 w/ 19" wheels without hesitation at my mention of squeaking brakes.

I suggest you call them back and speak with the service manager. Even though the service bulletin may only apply to the 21" wheels, the service center has discretion to apply the fix to 19" wheels. That is what they did for me and it solved the problem immediately.

Pungoteague_Dave | 19. April 2014

We "break" in "brakes"

I also had all four rotors replaced under the guise of customer relations (SC said it wasn't necessary). The squeaking issue went away, but the rusting did not. TM is blaming the rusted rotors on the fact that we live in a saltwater area. I am pulling them off tomorrow to give them a coat of silver boat trailer paint (non-pad surfaces only). May paint the calipers with high temp paint while in there...

JonathanL | 19. April 2014

Mine were replaced last fall due to the apparent harmonic distortion issue - problem solved.

PhillyMomof4 | 19. April 2014

Yes, had intermittent squeaky brakes for first couple of weeks I owned the car. Drove me nuts. Service center said it could be the cold mornings here in the Philly area, and said if it continues to bring in the car. It has since stopped (weather has warmed a bit, and car is now 6 weeks old) so I haven't thought about it.

dglauz | 18. Juni 2014

After a year and 23000 miles I first noticed the brakes squeaking. Dry hot environment, no rain since I drove to Seattle a month ago. I will check with service center.

ElectricSteve | 18. Juni 2014

Noisy brakes is, nine out of ten times, material buildup on the pads. Proper "break in" procedures are important to avoid it.
When brakes are rarely used to an extent that they can get really hot, you get all kinds of stuff that builds up on the pads friction material. This foreign material can cause squeaky brakes. Different driving styles explain why some people experience it more than others.

The more "sporty" friction-material is, the more likely it will squeal when cold. And the MS pads can definitely be classified as High End.

Use the brakes more often. Break then in properly (repeat when needed).

sumitkn | 03. August 2014

Now with 3500+ miles on my car that I took delivery of late June. Loving every moment of the P85+ - but wondering why the Tesla red brakes squeak when coming to a stop. It's the kind of squeak that a minivan or bus makes. Really detracts from the "intergalactic cruiser" aura of the vehicle. Any solutions?

Bighorn | 03. August 2014

Some have had updated rotors that don't squeak, usually a 21" issue.

michelcolman | 04. August 2014

My wife used to drive a Prius and had the same problem. On the Prius, the brake pedal first applies regen and only "really" brakes when you push it down further. Not quite like the Tesla, but the result was the same: the brake pads were rarely used and built up rust and dirt after a while.

They did replace the disks once, because they said there was some known manufacturing defect in some of them, but the new disks started squeaking as well after a while. We then found out we could fix the noise by simply braking hard a couple of times. When you're in a quiet street with nobody behind you, just step down hard on the brakes, then reaccelerate and brake again. That should sort them out.

johncrab | 04. August 2014

Have the SC replace the brake linings. I've been down this road many times with various cars and occasionally the composition of one or more linings will turn out to be a bit too hard and that causes brake squeal. Jaguar was notorious for this at one point and Mercedes had their turn in the barrel too before going to graphite linings which have to be changed at every oil change interval. I really suspect you have some linings that are not formulated just right. Changing them usually makes the problem go away.

If you have the BMW brake ailment, the squeal isn't from the pad on the rotor but from the back of the pad against the pistons. They install a small copper shim to eliminate the noise. There is also a gooey compound which can be spread on the back of the linings and allowed to dry and that fixes it too.

johncrab | 04. August 2014

Let me also add something that is paraphrased from all old Jaguar owner's manuals. Tires and brakes need a "bedding in" process for the first 100 miles to insure long life. Drive sensibly for the first 100 miles and make long, slow stops using the brakes and try to avoid jumping on the brakes if possible (but if you gotta, you gotta). Keeping pressure lower while taking heat up and down slowly will help the new linings get "bedded-in" for longer life and better performance. As nutty as this sounds, I've always found it to be effective.

PaceyWhitter | 04. August 2014

Humorously, the shim and gooey compound act in opposite manners. the shim is meant to lubricate the back of the brake pad (usually teflon coated), while the gooey compound is meant to glue the pad to the caliper thus increasing the overall weight and changing the resonant frequency. Either one can work, don't do both (would be the same as just gluing the pad).

junli0704 | 29. September 2014

our model s started make loud squeaking sound after 13k. We are contacting Tesla to see if there is any help.

Brian H | 30. September 2014

Pest eradicators? ;p

CarlE_P439 | 30. September 2014

18,000 miles. Squeaky brakes come and go for me. Not often fortunately.