Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Brake Grinding Causes
Have you been hearing the annoying sound of metal on metal coming from your vehicle on your Highland drives? If so, it’s likely your brakes making a grinding noise. The service team at Webb Ford gets asked often, “Why are my brakes grinding?” and we reveal the answers below. The National Highway Safety Administration warns Munster drivers that malfunctioning brakes cause as much as 25% of all auto collisions, and we want you to be safe. Learn about brake grinding here, and contact us at Webb Ford if you need to schedule service because your brakes are grinding when stopping.

Brakes Making a Grinding Noise When Stopping

What happens when you notice your brakes grinding helps determine which brake parts need replacing. If the brakes are making a grinding noise when stopping, it could be one of the following issues:

  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): If the brakes are making a grinding noise when coming to a full stop, or you feel the brake pedal vibrating, it could be your ABS (anti-lock brake system). 
  • Brake discs and calipers: If on your Schererville commute you hear a sharper or louder brake grinding noise, it might be the brake discs and calipers. You might also notice your brake pedal rumbling.
  • Brake pads: If your brakes are making a grinding noise whenever you press down on the brake pedal, your brake pads may need replacingBrake pads wear out as they age and start squealing, the problem sometimes known as “brake scrubbing.” 

Brakes Making a Grinding Noise When Driving

Are you hearing your brakes making a grinding noise as you drive around Griffith or beyond? Brakes grinding while driving, instead of stopping, might mean that rocks and debris are bouncing off the brake caliper or rotors. It’s easy to clean out the debris but do it quickly to prevent more damage. If you don’t want to find and remove the debris yourself, our certified Ford technicians can do it when you make a service appointment.

Webb Ford is At Your Service and Ready to Help

Now that you know the answer to the question, “Why are my brakes grinding?” contact us at Webb Ford with any questions or concerns. Our service team will find the issue, give you a quote for repairs, and have you back on Highland streets ASAP. Check out our service specials for additional savings, and reach out to us at your convenience.