Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors


Do you hear your brakes grinding whenever you come to a stop? This is a good indication that your brakes need to be serviced. We want you to feel safe on Columbia roads, so schedule service with the brake experts at Jim Hudson Toyota. Brakes making a grinding noise is just one of many issues they can easily diagnose. Did you get your brakes serviced somewhere else? Then, you may be asking, “Why are my brakes grinding after new pads and rotors were installed?”. We’ll talk about that, as well as the probable reasons why your brakes are grinding. 

The Reasons Brakes Make a Grinding Noise

Don’t put off bringing your car in for service if you hear your brakes grinding. Brakes making a grinding noise usually indicate one of the following problems:

  • Pads – Brake pads press against the rotors to slow or stop the wheels. These pads eventually wear down. You’ll want to get them replaced as soon as you start to hear a squeal when you brake. If you let it go too long, you may start to feel your car shake.
  • Rotors – Rotors get worn very quickly when the pads are not replaced in a timely manner. Additionally, there could be rocks and debris knocking around between your calipers and rotors. When this happens, you will sometimes hear a grinding noise, even when you’re not applying the brakes. Get your brakes serviced before they reach this point. After all, you don’t want your brakes to go out as you’re driving along Lexington roads.

Why are My Brakes Grinding After New Pads and Rotors Have Been Installed?

If you’re wondering, “Why are my brakes grinding after new pads and rotors?”, here are the possible causes:

  • Anti-Lock Brakes. Your ABS (anti-lock braking system) will activate when you have to slam on the brakes, to keep your brakes from locking up. When this happens, you may hear a grinding noise.
  • Improper installation. If you hear your brakes making a grinding noise shortly after getting them serviced, even though you’re not slamming on the brakes, bring your car into our service center to get them checked.

Schedule Service with the Brake Experts at Jim Hudson Toyota

The brake experts in our service center can quickly diagnose the issue and get you back on the road in no time. Our specially trained technicians can do it all, and they’ll do it right the first time. We’re just a short drive away from Chapin. Drop by or contact us today! While you’re here, be sure to take advantage of our parts and service coupons!

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