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Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

If you’re ever driving between Fremont and Dublin and happen to hear a metallic sound coming from your vehicle, the problem is probably that your brakes are grinding. “Why are my brakes grinding?”, you might well wonder. Well, the sound can indicate anything from worn pads to a problem with the braking system itself.

It might be tempting to put off brake repair, especially if the brakes making grinding noise don’t do so too loudly. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that faulty brakes could be a factor in up to 25% of all road accidents, so it’s best to visit our Pleasanton service center. You should also read on to discover common reasons for:

  • Brakes Grinding When Stopping
  • Brakes Grinding When Driving

Brakes Grinding When Stopping

The first thing to consider is when your brakes make grinding noises. If it’s during braking, here’s a quick guide to possible causes:

  • Brakes Grinding When Stoppingor Slowing: This means your brake pads are the most likely culprit. They take plenty of wear as you cover the roads of Livermore, so they’ll lose their thickness over time and start to squeal or grind when the brakes are applied.
  • Brakes Making Sharp Grinding Noise: This could mean a problem with your brake disc and calipers. If so, you may also notice vibrations coming through the brake pedal.
  • Brakes Grinding When You Stop at Full Force: Your Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) will activate when you fully apply the brakes, so the problem could be with the ABS if you only notice grinding when applying full stopping force.

Brakes Grinding When Driving

Brakes grinding throughout your drive? This could mean rocks and other debris are bouncing off the rotor and caliper.

That only takes an easy service to put right, but it’s something you should have done as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If you have a little experience with cars, you can even remove the debris yourself.

Look to Lexus of Pleasanton for Expert Brake Service

Whether you notice brakes grinding when stopping or when you’re cruising on the highway, you can trust the Lexus of Pleasanton service center to bring your vehicle back to prime condition. For any further assistance or to hear about our latest service specials, feel free to contact us today.

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