Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad

If your brakes are making an alarmingly loud noise when you brake or drive around North Haven, you may feel unsafe and uneasy. We don’t blame you! In fact, as the National Highway Safety Administration has determined that faulty brakes can be a cause in nearly 25% of all road accidents in the United States. As a result, when your brakes are grinding, it’s best to schedule service ASAP. At Executive Chevrolet, we’re often asked, “Why are my brakes grinding?” Explore some of the common causes of brakes grinding while stopping and driving below.

Brakes Grinding When Stopping in Wallingford

To begin with, when you first hear your brakes making grinding noises can be an important piece of information. If your brakes are grinding when stopping, there could be several reasons why:

  • If you hear this sound when slowing down or stopping, your brake pads may be the reason. Over time with frequent drives, your Chevrolet brake pads will lose their thickness and start making a squealing noise. This is called “brake scrubbing,” and as they wear down further, a grinding noise will be the next thing you hear.
  • If it’s a sharper grinding noise being heard, it might be your brake disc and calipers. This can also result in a rumble within your pedal. As a result, you might need a brake pad replacement, alongside a disc or rotor replacement.
  • If your brakes are grinding when you’re stopping at full force, it may be your Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Your ABS will activate if you apply the full brakes. It may even cause pedal vibrations.

Brakes Grinding When Driving in North Haven

Another time you may hear brakes making a grinding noise is while actively driving around Wallingford and Cheshire. You may be dealing with rocks and debris bouncing off the caliper and rotor. To be honest, this is an easy service to perform, yet it’s important to get it done as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Some Meriden drivers might try removing the debris themselves if they have car experience. If you don’t have the experience and tools, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment at our service department in Wallingford.

Schedule Your Service With Executive Chevrolet in Wallingford

Now that you have an idea of why your brakes are grinding, it’s best to get them serviced at Executive Chevrolet right away. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone at (203) 677-0448. To learn more about routine service and maintenance for Chevy vehicles, check out our service and parts information hub. And, when you’re ready to schedule, explore our latest service offers for opportunities to save.


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