What is an inspection for a grinding noise when braking?

If you notice a grinding noise when braking, take the car to a shop. Your mechanic will examine all of the components involved in the braking system, including:
  • Brake pads
  • Brake lines
  • Calipers
  • Rotor
  • Wear indicators
A grinding noise typically indicates that your brake pads have worn down so that the metal backing plate is in contact with the rotor. However, the same noise could be caused by foreign material, such as gravel or rocks, lodged in the brake mechanism, or by the wear indicator touching the rotor.
Your mechanic will start by inspecting all the parts of the brake system, which may require removing one or both of your car’s front wheels. Depending on the situation, they may also need to perform a test drive to listen to the grinding noise while the car is in action.

How do I know if I need an inspection for a grinding noise when braking?

Because worn brake pads are a regular part of car ownership, it might be easy to think that you can ignore that grinding noise. Don’t: if you hear grinding when braking, it’s almost certain that your brake pads, calipers, or wear indicators are eating into the rotor.
Delaying an inspection could cause serious damage that will put you in danger and cost even more to fix.

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