With Our Technicians, Your Brakes Are in Good Hands

Are you hearing strange sounds when you hit the brakes? Have you heard rattling, squealing or grinding? Then there might be a problem with your vehicle’s braking system.

While cars naturally make a lot of noises, some sounds could signify a potential problem. It’s important to know the warning signs that there’s something amiss with your vehicle.

Here are three common brake noises and possible causes for them. If you’ve heard any of these sounds, be sure to make an appointment at Kempsville Auto Care Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, right away.

High-Pitched Squealing

Is your car squealing and squawking when you apply pressure to the brake pedal? This might mean that your brake pads or shoes are worn out. If your brake pads are thin, it can cause excessive heat to build up in the braking system. The high amounts of heat will cause your pads and rotors to harden, causing the shrill squealing sounds. Another culprit behind the squealing sounds is your brake wear indicator. When the pads wear out, this metal tab will rub up against the brake disc, causing friction and squeaking sounds.

While squealing noises aren’t an immediate cause for concern, grinding noises are. If you hear grinding when you push down on the brake pedal, your brake pads are completely worn out and need to be replaced right away.

Clattering and Clunking

Faulty brakes may also make clattering, vibrating, or rattling sounds. These noises can be accompanied by a shaking steering wheel. Clattering noises might indicate warped rotors, dirty caliper slides, or incorrect adjustments. All of these issues can cause your car to have trouble slowing down and stopping. If you hear clattering, it’s time to have your brakes inspected.

Grinding Noises

As we mentioned earlier, grinding noises mean that your brakes need immediate attention. Grinding sounds can be caused by worn-out brake pads or a sticking wheel cylinder. Make a service appointment with an experienced technician If your car is making grinding sounds.

At Kempsville Auto Care Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we will inspect your brakes to get to the root of the problematic noises. To book your brake repair appointment, call us today at 757-671-1676. We look forward to seeing you soon!