Why Are My Brakes Making a Grinding Noise?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors


Have you just completed a carpool around Farragut and now notice your brakes are grinding? Don’t worry! We’re here to help. If you notice your brakes making a grinding noise, there are various factors that could cause this issue. In almost every case, it’s best to schedule a service appointment and have our expert team take a deeper look into the issue.

Your brakes are vital to making sure that you can safely stop on Sevierville drives. That’s why if you notice your brakes making a grinding noise, it’s best to get them serviced right away. Today, the team at Ole Ben Franklin Motors will go over what it means when your brakes are grinding when stopping or driving.

Brakes Grinding & What it Could Mean

When going on your Seymour commute, take note of when your brakes are grinding. If your brakes are grinding when stopping, it could mean various different issues are at play. Additionally, if your brakes are grinding when driving, it could something different is amiss. If you’re not sure about when your brakes are grinding, please feel free to visit our service center for assistance. With that being said, let’s take a look at what it means when your brakes are grinding under certain situations:

Brakes Grinding When Stopping

  • Hearing noises while slowing down or coming to a stop? The culprit is likely your brake pads. Brake pads wear down over time causing a squealing noise, most often referred to as brake scrubbing. The further they wear down, the more likely you’ll hear a grinding noise.
  • Along with grinding noises, if your brake pedal vibrates upon braking, it’s likely your brake disc and calipers are what’s causing the issue.
  • If you’ve had to abruptly stop and heard a grinding noise, that’s your anti-lock braking system (ABS). When ABS is activated, you’ll hear loud grinding noises and feel vibrations in your brake pedal.

Brakes Grinding When Driving

  • In most cases, your brakes grinding when you’re driving could just be road debris bouncing off your brake rotors and calipers.
  • If this happens, we suggest bringing it into our service center immediately. If left unaddressed, you run the risk of damaging your vehicle.

Brake Services Available Today at Ole Ben Franklin Motors!

Regardless of when you notice your brakes grinding, you can bring it into our Knoxville service center for support. Ole Ben Franklin Motors is equipped to assist with everything, from regular maintenance such as changing your brake fluid to major repairs. Come on in today, and we’ll get your vehicle back on the road in no time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!


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