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Why Are My Brakes Making Grinding Noises?

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If you’ve driven through Watertown and suddenly heard a metallic scraping sound coming from your car, don’t worry – you’re not the first to experience this. Novice and experienced drivers alike can find themselves wondering, “Why are my brakes grinding, and what’s the solution?” The key is to focus on the cause of your brakes grinding, which is often indicative of braking system damage that needs to be repaired.

We understand that life can get busy for Brookings drivers, and you might not want to come in for your next brake repair. However, it’s also important to understand that OhioTiger.com (a revered vehicular accident law firm) claims that brake failures are responsible for 5% of all car accidents per year in the United States. Not so scary, until you realize that this percentage equates to about 300,000 deaths per year!

That’s why you should be safe, be smart, schedule service with Brookings Auto Mall, and educate yourself on the common causes of brake grinding.

Why Are My Brakes Grinding When Driving?

If you’re driving throughout the Mitchell area and find that your brakes are making a grinding noise, it could simply be debris, nails, or rocks bouncing off the caliper and rotor. If the damage is caught quickly enough, this is a mere inconvenience and an easy service. Nonetheless, it’s important to get the issue repaired quickly to prevent further vehicular damage.

Removing the debris and repairing damaged mechanical components yourself if you have experience with cars is also an option, especially thanks to the replacement units available at our Parts Center. However, most of our customers prefer to leave the repairs and inspections to the experts in our Service Center.

Why Replace My Brake Pads If My Brakes Are Grinding?

Whether the brake pads on your Buick, Chevrolet, GMC car, truck, or SUV are comprised of ceramic, organic, metallic, or composite materials, they wear away bit by bit each time you drive on Huron roads. After a certain amount of time, your brake pads wear thin. Thinning brake pads can’t effectively generate the heat caused by friction, which negatively impacts your ability to come to a controlled and smooth stop at traffic lights or stop signs.

After a certain point, your brake pads will wear out completely which leads to a variety of more serious problems, such as:

  • Increased Tire Wear: When you drive with worn and grinding brakes, you have to put more effort into stopping on time. All this rough braking can cause your tires to screech, wear down, and become unbalanced during your Madison drives.
  • Violent Vibrations: The biggest cause of why your brakes are grinding when you come to a stop is because the damaged brake rotors in your vehicle are sending noise and vibration throughout the exterior and interior. Although this is more of an annoyance than anything, it’s still a serious warning sign of more dangerous things to come if you don’t get your brake pads or rotors replaced.
  • Slower Response Time: As your brakes grinding becomes worse and worse, the time it takes you to slow down will become longer and longer, until you can no longer rely on your brakes to activate before hitting a stoplight or traffic signal in Mitchell. This is a danger to not only you but your passengers and your fellow drivers.

Brakes Grinding When Stopping

Often, it can be more common to notice your brakes making grinding noises when your vehicle comes to a stop. Observe when your brakes grind because there are many reasons it can occur at a stop, such as:

  • If you find yourself frequently stopping at full force and your brakes always make a grinding noise, your ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) could be responsible. Your vehicle’s ABS will activate if you apply full pressure to the brakes, resulting in a grinding sound and vibrations in the pedal.
  • A much sharper and high-pitched grinding noise can be the sound of your brake rotors. A vibration coming from the pedal is also common with this type of brake usage. Your best bet is to order parts for a brake rotor replacement.
  • Regardless, if you hear the sound during traffic stops, it’s most likely that your brake pads are the culprit. “Brake scrubbing”, as it’s commonly referred to, occurs as brake pads lose their thickness over time and begin emitting a screeching noise. This is a direct result of wear and tear.

Schedule Brake Repair Service at Brookings Auto Mall Today!

Now that you’ve finally got an answer to the question, “Why are my brakes grinding?”, find out more about part replacement and brake pad repairs with the talented staff at Brookings Auto Mall! Contact our Service Center with any lingering questions or concerns. Our skilled technicians will take care of the problem and get you safely back on the road in no time. We’re located in Brookings, just outside of Madison, so swing on by and let us take care of you and your vehicle today!

 

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