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Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad

Have you ever been driving along the Houma streets, and you suddenly hear a metal-on-metal sound coming from your car? Berwick customers sometimes ask us at Southland Dodge, “Why are my brakes grinding, and how do I get it to stop?” The sound of brakes grinding when stopping can be a sign of issues with your braking system that needs immediate attention. The National Highway Safety Administration has found that faulty brakes could cause as many as 25% of all road accidents. So, don’t wait! Schedule service with Southland Dodge today.



Brakes Grinding When Stopping

First, notice when your brakes are making grinding noises. If your brakes are grinding when stopping, there could be a few causes:

  • If you hear the grinding when stopping or slowing down, your brake pads are likely the problem. Over time, brake pads lose their thickness, deteriorate, and start to make a squealing noise, often called “brake scrubbing.” As the pads wear down further, you’ll hear a grinding noise instead of squealing.
  • If you hear a sharper and louder grinding noise, it could be the sound of your brake disc and calipers. It could also cause a rumble or reverberation in your brake pedal. Contact Southland Dodge near Des Allmands because you probably need a brake pad, disc, or rotor replacement.
  • Another cause of hearing brakes grinding when stopping could be your Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). Your ABS will activate if you apply full pressure on your brakes, and it may also cause vibrations in the pedal. 

Brakes Grinding When Driving

If your brakes are making a grinding noise when you’re driving around Hahnville, it could just be debris bouncing off the caliper and rotor. It requires a quick and easy service appointment, but it’s essential to resolve it quickly to avoid more damage. If you have a lot of DIY experience with cars, you could try to remove the debris yourself, but most drivers prefer to leave the job to the auto pros in our service department

Southland Dodge Is Always at Your Service

If you’re still wondering, “Why are my brakes grinding?”, then contact us or schedule a service appointment. We will have you back on the Houma roads in no time. From tire care to brakes and oil changes, we are your best resource for auto care. Get in touch today and let us know how we can help!


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