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?

Hills | 18 March 2013

No squeaks for me, and do not believe that service center guy.

jat | 18 March 2013

YMMV - I only had them a few days when I first got the car, and then briefly after the car sits up for the weekend if I don't go out. Others have had them most of the time.

A thin layer of rust does build up, but that should scrub off after a few applications of the brakes, so if it keeps squeaking then it is probably something else. If it sounds closer to grinding, you might have a pebble stuck in the brakes.

Hills | 18 March 2013

4000 miles, 14 weeks, never had squeaks.

shop | 18 March 2013

I had squeaky brakes for about two days and then it went away. What are your driving conditions like?

DickB | 18 March 2013

Had my car for about 3 months, got 2600 miles. No noise from the brakes.

Wayne3 | 18 March 2013

No squeaky brakes until I washed the car. Squeakiness dissipates over time until next wash.

awaite | 18 March 2013

Had mine for only a few days and still <500 miles and it is squeaking when ever I brake. It's not super loud but I notice it. I don't use the brakes very much and know from prior brake jobs that the noise is not uncommon for new pads to do this. Will wait a little longer, maybe a week and if the noise persists will call.

EclecticCitizen | 18 March 2013

I have loud squeaking too....not the kind of attention and stares I expected. <500 miles driven so far. The local staff recommended turning regen to low and doing some hard braking to wear off any corrosion/rust. I did this and it helped briefly. Shortly after turning the regen back to standard, the squeaks began again. I"m going to give it another week before I ask service to get involved.

mollmason | 18 March 2013

I had a Porsche that use to have squeaky brakes after I replaced them with some high performance brakes. What I did to resolve this was to apply some antiseize on the backside of the pad. This eliminated the noise for me but I did get the occasional squeaky, but it wasn't as bad as before. I would also do a few high speed spots to set the brakes, but don't do this too many times in a row you glaze the brake pads.

Squeaky brakes is just the pad vibrating against all the metal and while it is semi-normal its just plain embarrassing!

Samtejwani | 18 March 2013

I have had mine for nearly 3 months, 5K miles in mostly dry and warm southern California. Getting regular squeaking just at the very end of braking. Not every time but frequently. Seems to occur more often after a car wash lending credibility to the theory it is associated with that, but it still shouldn't occur as frequently as it does.

Notified my service center-- the didn't blow it off, acknowledged that it was abnormal and said a fix is "coming". So, we'll see.

rloehler | 18 March 2013

Are you washing your wheels very often? I've noticed more brake noise after I wash my car or the wheels/disks get wet. My brake noise usually goes away after I drive a ways, however.

Derek Mclay | 18 March 2013

I live in Southern Cal and I've got about 1200 miles on the car. As in a couple of the posts above, I only notice it as I come to a stop (since that's the only time you need to hit the brakes), but it's very consistent and doesn't seem to change in traffic with the brakes getting a little hotter. The car is a P85, so maybe it's a high performance brake pad issue? Like everyone else here, I'm stunned on a daily basis by this car, but I guess when the car is so perfect in so many ways, little stuff like this seems worse.

Brian H | 18 March 2013

Solution(s): never brake, or always brake.

EcLectric | 18 March 2013

My breaks have squeaked from day one, but only just as I come to a stop. At other speeds they never squeak. I hardly ever use them anyway. It doesn't bother me much. I know it doesn't hurt anything, and they only squeak because they don't get used a lot. I'll be a little disappointed if/when they stop squeaking...

EcLectric | 18 March 2013


Never brake always break.

Brian H | 18 March 2013

what do you generally break?

dqb | 18 March 2013

Same as Wayne3. Some squeak/roughness after it sits wet, but goes away quickly. No noise ordinarily.

drp | 18 March 2013

Always squeaky ever nice I got the car two weeks ago. Brakes still squeak after 1300 miles. I rarely use them.

drp | 18 March 2013

....ever since I.....

Mark Z | 19 March 2013

Over 5,000 miles and they still occasionally squeak at the very end of a stop. Moisture definitely affects the sound. I consider it a pedestrian warning tone.

mjhaag | 19 March 2013

Less than 200 miles on mine and the brakes have had squeaked since Day 1 ... I guess I will be one of those hoping it goes away after some more miles are put on them. I agree though that it's a bit embarrassing to take folks to test drive in the new car and then have the brakes squeak (and with everything else quiet it's easy to notice).

EcLectric | 19 March 2013


Er... the rules?

xray | 19 March 2013

P85, about 700 miles driven. Also have a faint squeak, at the very end of a complete stop. We called Tesla, was told it was normal. We'll see if it goes away. Sounds similar to what is being described my several above.

Candy J. Lee | 19 March 2013

Very low speed squeaks, when backing out of the garage, other wise no.

Mark E | 19 March 2013

Do a google search on 'squeaking brembo brakes' and you will be amazed to learn that its a common issue across all cars with them - Subaru, Alfa, Fiat, Jeep, Ford etc etc.

It's most likely to be because they need to have some bedding in. Turn regen to minimum and drive it like an ICE for a day or so - ie use more brake to slow down. Maybe do a few faster/harder stops to help them bed in.

I have Brembos on my 928 which occasionally squeak after washing the car or parking it wet.

kashiraja | 19 March 2013

Me too. Started after a couple of days (had the car for a week now). The weather has been pretty wet here lately. I use max regen setting. Will try use brakes more to see if that helps.

Carefree | 20 March 2013

As others have noted mine only squeak after washing the car. After some aggressive braking it goes away.

Pungoteague_Dave | 20 March 2013

Brakes? The Model S has brakes? Must not be driving it right...

prh88 | 21 March 2013

My brakes often squeak when I come to a stop.
I plan to bring it in for service after the Las Vegas Service center is built.

DarrellH | 29 March 2013

Our brakes squeak fairly consistently just before the car comes to a complete stop. This has been true since day 1 and is still true 7 months and 9K miles later. We've asked about it and were told that is normal. We haven't asked lately but will. If there is a solution, please share.

eadolphe | 29 March 2013

Breaks squeak as well, but I am fairly confident that it is because the breaks are not used that often and rust builds up.

Brian H | 29 March 2013

Did you get a bad break on your brakes? Squeal to Tesla.

Sudre_ | 29 March 2013

I don't think my brakes whinned at all today. I did some spirited driving the other day with hard braking. I wonder if they will start again after a few days of regen stopping.
It has started to warm up a little too (60-70) and it's not real dry out.
I only have 1500 miles on my car.

portia | 30 March 2013

4500+ miles, still a lillte squeak just before the complete stop, same thing, was told by Tesla this is normal and my autoshop owner friend also said it is normal id we don't use the brakes much. the way they "fix" this is to do a couple of hard braking, I think the hard part is the key, it has to be more like an emergency stop and most of us never do it hard enough to wear off whatever coating is on the rotor.

pauljones | 30 March 2013

One thing I noticed is, if I never use the brakes, they will start to squeal. If I use them a lot, the squealing noise starts to fade and goes away. It is annoying though. I had a car that every morning when I backed out of the garage the brakes squealed. It drove me so nuts I traded the car in after 3 months because the dealer said it was normal and couldn't fix it. I think its the materials of the parts that are used. It seems somewhere Tesla used cheaper materials to cut costs. Ive owned 8 vehicles and only one squealed, well now two.

TikiMan | 30 March 2013

Yup, I had the same problem with the last car I owned that had Brembo breaks.

TikiMan | 30 March 2013


Brembo are not cheap, and are actually more expensive than what is on 99% of most all other cars. In fact, they are the same quality breaks that are used on all exotic race cars. Unfortunately, they are designed to stop on a dime, not sound nice, and when you typically see a car pull up with Brembo breaks on it, the performance engine is usually is FAR louder than the break squeal.

pauljones | 30 March 2013

I'm not saying the brakes themselves are cheap. I just meant maybe cheap pads or a different kind of material is used to cause the squealing. I have nissan 350z with factory brembos and they have never made a squeal yet. I think it's generally the pads and the rotors that attribute to the noise or the pads moving against the calipers.

TikiMan | 30 March 2013


Actually I think it's the other way around, the better the pad, the louder the squeel.

I had a 350Z also, and it didn't stop anywhere near what the Tesla can do. If anything, Nissan put much cheaper break-pands on the 350Z.

I also use to own a 1994 300ZXtt (upgraded w/ 400 HP), and I upgarded the front breaks on it to Brembo high-performance racing breaks (with cross-drilled vented roaders and high-performance racing pads). The same type of breaks that are on most exotics. Trust me, they could stop on a dime, but squeeled like no tomorrow.

60 MPH to a full stop...

-2008 Nissan 350Z = 112 ft.
-2012 Tesla Model S P85 = 105 ft.

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dpglennon | 12 April 2013

I've had the car six weeks and still squeaks every time I come to a complete stop. The service center has looked at it twice already. They suggested the hard braking and then switching off the regen braking which I have done to no avail. They also applied some material to the pads that they thought would fix but the noise only stopped for a few hours. Going to take it back to service center for a third time as paying six figures for a car that squeaks every time I stop is not very pleasant.

GeekEV | 12 April 2013

@Brian H - You've been in a mood lately! What gives?

mdemetri | 12 April 2013

Like many others have said, I also get regular squeaking just at the very end of braking when my P85 comes to a complete stop. I was advised to try hard breaking several times, but this did not help. I am going to bring the car in for service April 27. Hopefully they will have a fix by then.

j0graves | 12 July 2013

My brakes make a noise under conditions similar to DarrellH's description. Only at the very end of a complete stop.

I'll apply anti-squeal compound to the back surface of the pads either this weekend or next. That's always stopped this type of noise in the past for me.

shamrockceo | 13 July 2013

@TikiMan:"60 MPH to a full stop...

-2008 Nissan 350Z = 112 ft.
-2012 Tesla Model S P85 = 105 ft."


I think I'd rather stop a few feet longer in emergency situations, which are extremely rare since I'm a very careful driver, rather than having my brakes squeal every single time I come to a full stop, no matter what. But that's just me.

ramtaz | 13 July 2013

2000 miles , slight squeaking

Derek Mclay | 13 July 2013

Still squeaking after 6k miles. However, a couple of nights ago a beautiful family of five Raccoons decided to use the light of my headlights to cross the road. Because of those incredibly big brakes, they're all still alive today.

chriscap | 15 September 2013

I've had my P85 for 4 weeks and after washing it for the first time I've noticed the squeaking is pretty loud and frequent. It's good to read I'm not the only one but I'd love a way to eliminate it. The car is so quiet and nice in a million ways that this really stands out as a big annoyance especially given the price tag!

pylt | 15 September 2013

Around 3k miles; no squeaks except immediately after a car wash, then gone after first brake application.