Why are my brakes grinding? | V&F Auto in Agawam, MA

Why are my brakes grinding?

brakes grindingIf you hear a noise from your brakes, you should make an appointment to come in right away—instead of turning up the radio to drown out the noise. Here's why:

What causes brakes to make a "grinding" sound?

There are 2 major causes of brake grinding. If the grinding sound occurs when you press on the pedal, it's usually because the brake pads are worn out and scraping against the rotor. The rotor disc is supposed with part of the caliper. This is
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Your brakes might also make a grinding sound if a foreign object, like a stone, gets lodged somewhere in the caliper. When this happens, the brakes will usually make a consistent grinding noise as the vehicle is in motion. A foreign object in the brake mechanism can cause some serious (and expensive) damage to your braking system so it's best to come in for service as soon as possible.

What should I do if I hear this sound?

If you start to hear a grinding sound coming from your brakes,  you should make an appointment as soon as possible. Our trained technicians will perform a thorough brake inspection and run a diagnostic test to determine the problem. Remember: brake maintenance is far less expensive than brake repair. It's always best to address a problem with your brakes sooner rather than later. If you wait until your brakes start to grind loudly before coming in for services, you'll likely have a much higher repair bill.

At V&F

Since 1988, our family-owned and operated service center has been providing top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield, and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. Our expert mechanics use the latest diagnostic equipment, and high-quality CARQUEST auto parts, to get your brakes back in shape. Plus, our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.  

Written by Nicole Palange