Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Mechanic Working On Brakes


One of the most common questions our service technicians get is, “Why are my brakes grinding?” Our response is generally, “How long have you noticed your brakes making a grinding noise? Are your brakes grinding when stopping?” Any time your brakes are making a grinding noise, the situation should be addressed by a professional. Your car’s brake system is designed to keep you secure, but can only do so if it’s well maintained. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that 25% of all road accidents can be attributed to poor brakes. Learn more about your brakes making a grinding noise and why your brakes are grinding when stopping. 

Brakes Grinding When Stopping

If your car’s brakes are making a grinding noise when stopping, one or more of the following problems could be at play: 

  • Brake Pads: Over time, brake pads wear down. When they get too thin, you’ll start hearing a grinding sound, which is commonly referred to as “brake scrubbing.”
  • Brake Disc & Calipers: A sharper noise can be attributed to a faulty brake disc and calipers. Your pedal may also rumble. 
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): When it’s in bad shape, the ABS will emit a loud grinding sound when you apply the brakes at full force, and your brake pedal may also vibrate. 

Brakes Making Grinding Noise When Driving

Do you notice a grinding sound whenever you press your brakes? There’s a good chance that pebbles or debris have gotten wedged in the brake system and are bouncing off of the caliper and rotor. The worst-case scenario is your brakes are metal to metal and you’re well overdue for new pads. Regardless, it’s important you find service ASAP. Our service team can remove whatever’s trapped in the brake system quickly and easily. Don’t wait, though! Your brake system could be damaged if you don’t have the debris removed. If your pads are metal to metal, you also run the risk of paying for a rotor or caliper replacement if you don’t correct the issue fast enough. 

Schedule Brake Service or Repair at Flower Motor Company Today! 

Now that you have the answer to the question, “Why are my brakes grinding,” you can hopefully make an educated guess as to what’s wrong with your car. If you’re the DIY type, our parts department can help you find the exact pads you need through our online ordering portal. If you have additional questions, contact us and we’ll help guide you through the process. 

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