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Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

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If during your drives around Cary you’ve been hearing the sound of metal on metal coming from your car, it might be your brakes grinding. You’re probably wondering, “Why are my brakes grinding, and what should I do about it?” Make a service appointment at Hendrick Chevrolet Cary immediately! The National Highway Safety Administration says that faulty brakes contribute to as much as 25% of all road accidents, and we want you to stay safe on Raleigh streets. So, read below to learn more about brakes grinding and what it can mean.


Brakes Making Grinding Noise When Stopping

Your brakes are a system of components, and when you hear the brakes grinding can help diagnose which components need replacing. If your brakes make a grinding noise when stopping, these factors might be the cause:

  • Brake pads: If you hear bakes grinding when stepping on the brake pedal slowly, it’s probably your brake pads that are worn out and need replacing. Over time, brake pads become thinner and make a squealing noise, often called “brake scrubbing.” 
  • Brake disc and calipers: If you hear a sharper or louder grinding noise, it’s probably your brake disc and calipers. These parts might also cause your brake pedal to rumble. You may need a disc or rotor replacement.
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): If you hear brakes grinding when coming to a full stop, it could be your ABS. A faulty ABS could also make vibrations in your brake pedal. 

Brakes Making Grinding Noise When Driving

If your brakes are making a grinding noise when you travel out to Apex or beyond, rocks and debris might be bouncing off the brake caliper or rotor. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix, but it’s crucial to resolve it quickly to prevent more severe damage. You can try to find and remove the debris yourself if you’re the DIY type, but most drivers like to leave the job to our certified Chevrolet technicians in our service center. 

Hendrick Chevrolet Cary is Always at Your Service & Ready to Help

If you still have questions about your brakes, like, “Why are my brakes grinding after new pads and rotors?” contact us at Hendrick Chevrolet Cary. Our service team will inspect your car, give you a repair quote, and have you back on Holly Springs roads quickly. Check out our service specials and reach out to us today for more service tips and insight!

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