Why are my brakes grinding?

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Have you noticed your brakes grinding when you apply pressure to the brake pedal? Most often observed by drivers cruising at very slow speeds, a grinding feeling or vibrating sound is probably fine but it’s always best to let your local auto repair mechanic at Christian Brothers take a look.

What does the grinding sound mean and what causes the vibration? Most common on cars with semi-metallic brake pads or front-wheel drive cars, the grinding vibrations are usually actually felt more than heard. When you’re driving at slow speeds, you don’t have to fully apply pressure to stop the car, causing the front brake pads to vibrate against the brake rotor surface.

If, however, you notice the grinding sound at every slow stop, visit your local auto shop and let an expert perform a quick brake check.