My Car Makes a Noise When I Stop

July 14, 2017
Category: Brakes, Maintenance

Does your vehicle make strange noises when you stop? Not every noise you hear should be cause for panic; but regardless, the noise does mean it’s time to have your car evaluated by a trained mechanic. Here are some of the possible noises we associate with brake problems and what they can mean.

Grinding Noise

The construction of a brake pad is such that, when the brake pad wears down, there is a metal backing that essentially holds the pad. If you’re hearing a grinding noise coming from your brakes it could be the metal pressing against the brake’s rotor. An alternative reason for this grinding sound could be that a piece of debris found its way between the brake pad and rotor.

Be sure to take note of when this grinding noise happens as weather can also play a factor. If you notice a grinding noise following a rainy day, and the noise disappears after using the brakes for a few minutes, it could be rust. This is fairly common, but still something you’d want to have your Maryland brake service center check out just in case there are more serious issues.

Wobbling Noise

If your brakes are making a wobbling noise, this is commonly associated with a warped rotor. One way to further diagnose if this is the issues will be if you can also feel the wobble in the steering wheel. This issue can be fixed by a certified Maryland auto mechanic by either repairing or replacing the warped rotors.

Squealing Noise

The most common noise associated with brakes is the squeal. If your brakes are squealing, then it probably means your brake pads are getting low and the “squeal pad” is doing its job. These squeal pads, or wear indicators, are built-in parts of your breaks which should not be ignored. These indicators are there to tell you when your brakes are getting low and need to be replaced.

Another possible reason for the squealing noise is a recent brake job. Believe it or not, having your brakes repaired can lead to more noise from your brakes. Typically, new brake pads need a day or two to be broken in before the squealing goes away. If you’re not sure, it’s always a good idea just to give your trusted Maryland auto mechanic a call and double check.

If you’re hearing a noise when you go to stop your vehicle, then it’s best to have your vehicle evaluated by a trained professional. General Automotive Servicenter is a trained and experienced Gaithersburg, MD auto mechanic with the experience to fix your brake issues quickly, efficiently, and at an affordable price. To schedule an appointment, give General Automotive Servicenter a call at 301-926-4600 or fill out the form on our website, today!

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