Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

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If you’re driving around Livingston and you hear your brakes making a grinding noise, you’re probably wondering what’s causing it. Depending on whether you’re stopped or you’re driving, there are a couple different reasons your brakes might be grinding. No matter the cause, a grinding noise usually indicates that there’s an issue with your braking system that needs to be addressed.

 

 

The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that up to 25% of all road accidents are related to faulty brakes, so it’s important that you get any brake-related problems taken care of as soon as possible. The service team at Casey's Frontier Chevrolet Of Livingston has put together a guide outlining the various reasons why your brakes may be grinding. So, if you find yourself asking “Why are my brakes grinding?” read on!

Brakes Grinding When Stopping

If you find that your brakes are making a grinding noise as you apply the brake pedal and stop your car, there could be a few different causes:

  • Brake pads: As you drive your vehicle, your brake pads will wear down and lose their thickness, causing your brakes to make a squealing or even grinding noise when you press down on the brake pedal.
  • Brake disc and calipers: A sharper grinding noise or rumbling sensation in the brake pedal could be related to a worn-out brake disc, which might require replacing the brake disc or rotor.
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): A grinding noise in your brakes when you stop at full-force can be the ABS activating– this can also cause a vibrating sensation in the pedal.

Brakes Grinding When Driving

If you’re driving around Cookeville and you hear your brakes grinding without coming to a stop, it’s likely related to rocks and debris bouncing off your brake caliper and rotor. While this is a quick fix at any service center, it’s important to get it taken care of right away, so the debris doesn’t accumulate and start to cause more problems. While you can try to DIY a debris removal if you have some experience with car repair, most drivers tend to leave the job to the experts.

Schedule Your Service with Casey's Frontier Chevrolet Of Livingston

While a grinding noise coming from your brakes isn’t inherently hazardous, it’s best to schedule a service appointment as soon as possible, so the problem doesn’t become more serious. Fortunately, we have a dedicated team of experts who are committed to getting you back on the Sparta roads in no time! If you have any questions or want more information about the services and repairs we offer, feel free to contact our office anytime.

 

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