Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad

Picture this: you’re driving your usual route around Eagan and Woodbury, and you hear an unpleasant screech from your brakes as you cruise to a stop. This leads you to wonder, “Why are my brakes grinding?” If you’ve noticed your brakes grinding when stopping or driving around Woodbury, you should take the initiative to schedule brake service as soon as possible.

Brake grinding is a surefire indicator that there is a problem within your braking system. While many issues may explain your brakes making a grinding noise, you want to rule them out in the case that your brakes are faulty. According to the National Highway Safety Administration. faulty brakes account for nearly a quarter of all car incidents. In the following guide, the team at Mauer GMC explores the common culprits behind brakes making grinding noises when stopping or driving.



Brakes Grinding When Stopping

Why are my brakes grinding? If your brakes are grinding when stopping, it could be any of the following culprits:

  • If you notice your brakes grinding when stopping or slowing down, your brake pads may need to be replaced. As brake pads gradually wear down, they can produce a screeching noise often referred to as “brake scrubbing.” Brake pads need to be replaced every so often as part of regular maintenance.
  • Ametallic grinding noise or vibration in your pedal may be an indicator of issues with your brake discs and calipers. This situation may not just warrant replacing the brake pads, but also the brake disc or rotor.
  • When you experience grinding in your brakes during hard stops, it may involve your Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). ABS activates when you fully apply the brakes, potentially leading to pedal vibrations.

What About Brake Grinding While Driving?

But what about brakes making a grinding noise when driving instead of stopping? This could be caused by rocks and debris that are bouncing off of your calipers and rotors. This may be a fairly easy fix, but you want to get it taken care of as soon as possible to avoid any further damage to your braking system. Mauer GMC has rotating service specials that you can take advantage of when you need to schedule brake service near Saint Paul.

Schedule a Service Appointment with Mauer GMC

Don’t delay scheduling brake service! Leave it up to our skilled technicians at the Mauer GMC service center to handle the issue. Book a service appointment at our Inver Grove Heights location, and we will quickly diagnose and address the root cause behind your brakes grinding. If you have any questions regarding your brakes or any other service-related inquiries, feel free to call us at (651) 645-9474 or contact our service department online.


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