Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

mechanic working on brakes 

If while driving around Traverse City you've been hearing the disturbing sound of metal on metal coming from your vehicle, it's probably your brakes making a grinding noise. Are you wondering, "Why are my brakes grinding?" The National Highway Safety Administration warns that bad brakes contribute to as much as 25% of all accidents on Garfield Township streets, and we want you to feel safe. So, keep reading to learn more about brake grinding, and please contact us at Audi Traverse City if your brakes are grinding when stopping.

Brakes Making Grinding Noise When Stopping

Your brakes are a system of integrated components, so understanding what's happening when you hear the brakes grinding is helpful when diagnosing which parts need replacing. If your brakes are making a grinding noise when stopping on the Elmwood Charter Township streets, several things could be the cause, such as:

  • Brake discs and calipers: If you hear a sharper or louder grinding noise coming from your brakes as you drive around Kalkaska, it could be your brake discs and calipers. You might also feel your brake pedal rumble, which means you might need a disc or rotor replacement.
  • Brake pads: If your brakes are grinding when pressing down on the brake pedal, your brake pads are likely worn out and need to be replaced. Brake pads become thinner and will begin to make a squealing noise as they age, often called "brake scrubbing." 
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): If your brakes are making a grinding noise when coming to a complete stop, it's likely your ABS. Sometimes a faulty ABS will also make your brake pedal vibrate.

Brakes Making Grinding Noise When Driving

If your brakes are making a grinding noise as you drive to Kalkaska or beyond, rocks and debris could be bouncing off the brake caliper or rotors. It's easy to repair, but it must be done quickly to prevent more severe damage. You could try to find and remove the debris yourself, but most Interlochen drivers prefer to leave the job to the certified Audi technicians in the Audi Traverse City service center. 

Audi Traverse City is Always Pleased to Help You

Now that we've answered the question, "Why do I hear a grinding noise when I brake?" contact us at Audi Traverse City if you need auto service or have questions. Our service team will make a diagnosis, provide a repair quote, and have you back out on Interlochen streets quickly. Please browse our service specials and review our service tips and tricks. We're here for you!