Grinding Noise From Brakes: Identify the Issue

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Your brakes play a vital role in keeping you safe while driving and it’s important to maintain their good condition, so you can slow down and stop your vehicle properly. The system is comprised of mechanisms and various parts that may experience wear and tear that require routine maintenance to alleviate any issues.

But sometimes you may hear an unusual sound from your brakes while driving around Trevose, Langhorne, Bensalem, and Philadelphia, which is an indication that there is a problem with the system. And if you’re hearing a grinding noise from your brakes, our technicians at Faulkner Mazda Trevose are here to help identify the issue and get your brakes back to normal.

Brake Pads Worn Out

A common cause of the grinding noise that is coming from your brakes is worn out brake pads. Over time, the pads become worn and need to be replaced. If they become too worn, this results in a grinding noise from metal rubbing against metal.

You’ll want to have the pads replaced as soon as possible before other parts become worn and damaged.

Objects Stuck Between Rotor and Caliper

Your brakes will become dirty and dusty over time, which isn’t a major issue. But there are times when larger items like a rock or something else that is hard and solid gets lodged between the rotor and the caliper.

The friction of whatever is stuck as it rubs up on these components of the brake can make the grinding noise you’re hearing. You will want to remove whatever foreign object is caught inside your brakes.

Not Enough Lubrication

There are various parts of your brakes that need a proper amount of lubrication to allow the various pieces to freely move among one another and prevent damage caused from friction. But if there isn’t enough lubrication, then that increase in friction of parts pushing against one another can be why your brakes are giving off a grinding noise.

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It could be the caliper bolts that need more lubrication, or if you have drum brakes, the brake shoes could use extra lubrication.

The Shims Are Broken

The brake shims provide a small layer of protection between the pads and rotors to provide smooth functionality when the pads press against the rotors. When the shims are damaged, this may result in an uneven and noisy connection between the pads and rotors.

With this, you’ll get metal on metal contact and that could be where the grinding noise is coming from. Be sure to have the shims replaced anytime you have a brake job done.

We Can Fix Your Brake Issues

Whatever may be causing the grinding noise from your brakes, it is crucial to seek immediate service. Luckily, our service department has a team of trained technicians who can identify the issue and resolve your problem and get you back to safely driving out on the roads of Trevose, Langhorne, Bensalem, and Philadelphia.

Go ahead and schedule an appointment with our service department here at Faulkner Mazda Trevose today!