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Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad

Are your brakes making a grinding noise on the streets of Bayside? Perhaps you only hear your brakes grinding when stopping? This is an indication that you likely need a brake inspection as soon as possible. The National Highway Safety Administration attributes 25% of all road accidents to faulty brakes. Read on to learn about what the possible issues with your brake system could be. Then book a spot at our Volkswagen service garage for prompt brake inspection. 

Brakes Grinding When Stopping 

If you’re wondering, “Why are my brakes grinding?”, you’ll need to first determine if the grinding happens while you’re driving or when you’re stopping. If you determine that your brakes grind when stopping, it’s likely a serious issue. Here are some possibilities: 

  • If you hear the grinding while you’re stopping or slowing down, your brake pads likely need to be replaced. Over time, your brake pads wear down. As they lose their padding, they’ll begin to make a squealing noise, and if they wear down too much, you’ll hear a grinding noise. 
  • If the grinding noise you hear is especially sharp and abrasive, it’s probably a warped rotor grinding against your calipers. This can also cause a rumble in your brake pedal. You’ll probably need rotor replacement in this case. 
  • If you only hear noises when you hit the brakes at full-force, it’s probably just the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). It kicks in when you slam the brakes, which can cause vibrations and make a little sound. 

Brakes Grinding When Driving

If your brakes are grinding while driving around Huntington, it may just be rocks or debris knocking around near your calipers and rotors. This is a simple service, but if you have debris inside your brake system, it can accumulate and wear your brakes out. To prevent problems from developing, it’s best not to wait on a brake inspection. 

Schedule Your Service with Platinum Volkswagen 

For a concrete answer to the question of “Why are my brakes grinding?”, take your vehicle to the garage. Whether your brakes are making a grinding noise while driving on Hempstead streets or your brakes start grinding when stopping at a light, call 516-681-1300. We can get to the bottom of your vehicle’s problem. We’ll arrange for a VW brake inspection right away in Hicksville. Be sure to explore our Volkswagen service specials, and to check out our VW service tips for more helpful reads about how to check your brake fluid and more!

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