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Brakes Grinding vs Brakes Squealing

Posted on July 05, 2017.

Some of the most common brake problems that drivers come across deal with a grinding or squealing sound.  Whichever the sound may be, these noises indicate that there is a problem with your brakes and it should be dealt with as soon as possible.  Knowing the difference between a grinding and squealing situation can possibly help you pinpoint the problem with your vehicle.

When it sounds like your brakes are grinding, it could be a sign that the ceramic or semi-metallic material has worn all the way down to the metal back plate.  Because of this, the metal back plate is now grinding against the metal brake rotor and metal on metal is not a good situation for your brakes.  If this goes unchecked for too long, not only will you have to replace your pads, but possibly your discs, rotors, and other brake parts as well.  When it comes to brake squealing, some manufacturers have a warning mechanism in place that emits a squealing noise when the brake pads have worn down to a certain point. This feature is to alert the driver that the brakes need to be replaced soon.  Brake squealing can also be associated with the brake material interacting with humidity or extreme temperatures.

Whatever the problem may be, our trained professionals here at Quality Lube Plus can diagnose your situation and get you back on the road with a fresh set of brakes for your vehicle.  Your brakes are a vital component of your vehicle that help you safely avoid collisions with other vehicles and objects on a daily basis. As a result, it is very important that you take care of this problem before it turns into something serious.  Stop by our shop or give us a call to set up an appointment!