Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad

At some point, when driving through Omaha, you may have heard a grinding sound coming from your car when you press the brakes. Unexpected sounds when you brake indicate problems with your car’s braking system that need to be addressed. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that some 25% of road accidents are related to faulty brake systems, so if you hear a grinding sound, it’s essential that you diagnose and solve the problem as soon as possible.


Why Are My Brakes Grinding When Stopping?

The sound of your brakes grinding when stopping could be caused by a few different factors. If you notice that the grinding sound comes when you stop your car, here are some common causes:

  • One of the most common causes of brakes grinding when stopping is worn-out brake pads. These pads wear down over time as they lose their thickness and start making squealing and grinding noises the more they wear out.
  • A sharper grinding noise can be attributed to your brake disc and calipers, which could require a brake pad replacement, disc replacement, or rotor replacement. This kind of braking problem can also cause a rumbling sensation in the brake pedal.
  • If your brakes start grinding when you stop at full force, there could be a problem with your Nissan’s Anti-Lock Braking System. This could also cause a vibrating sensation in the brake pedal.

Why Are My Brakes Grinding When Driving?

If you notice a grinding noise coming from your brakes when you’re driving around Beatrice, it may be as simple as debris bouncing off the caliper and rotor. Although this is an easy fix, you’ll want to get it done as quickly as possible, as debris damage can accumulate fast and cause real damage down the line. You can either try to DIY the debris removal or bring your Nissan by our service department, so our technicians can take care of it.


Why Are My Brakes Grinding After Replacing Pads & Rotors?

You may be asking, “Why are my brakes grinding after new pads and rotors?” After all, if you’ve just replaced something, the last thing you want is for there to be an enduring problem. There are a few different reasons why your brakes may still be grinding after you’ve replaced the pads or rotors:

  • It could be as simple as the brake pads need time to settle in. They’re a bit stiff at first and can make noises like grinding or squealing for a little while before they get comfortably worn in.
  • As we discussed above, it’s easy for brake pads to pick up dirt and debris. Even if you replace the pads or rotors, bits of debris can get caught up during the repair process. This should go away as you continue to drive your car.
  • If you’ve only had your brake pads replaced and not the rotors, the grinding noise could be coming from worn-out rotors. It’s recommended that you get these replaced together.

Schedule Your Service at Sid Dillon Nissan

Hopefully by now, we’ve answered the question, “Why are my brakes grinding?” by listing some common causes. If you have any further questions or want more information on your Nissan’s braking system, feel free to contact our office anytime or stop by our dealership near Kearny. If you’re looking to get your Nissan’s brakes serviced, you can schedule an appointment right from our website.


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