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What Do Bad Brakes Sound Like?

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

What Do Bad Brakes Sound Like? This is a common question that almost every Automotive Technician gets asked. Often times Squealing Brakes While Driving, or Brakes Squeaking While Stopping is the most common first indication that a vehicle is getting close to needing Brakes Pad Replacement. Most Brake Pads have wear indicators


New Brake Pad With a Wear Indicator

that produce this noise to let the driver know something is wrong with the Braking System. If the noise from the wear indicator is not heard in time or ignored a grinding noise can occur. Are Grinding Brakes Dangerous? They definitely can be. The grinding noise is due to metal on metal contact between the Brake Pads or Brake Shoes, and Brake Rotors or Brake Drums depending on the system.


Worn Brakes nearing the end of their useful life span

This means that all the Brake Pad material is gone. Unfortunately Bad Brakes are not always the reason for these noises. Other causes of Brake Noise range from Brake Rotor Flash Rust to Problems With Cheap Brake Pads. Here at 5-Star Auto Repair & Exhaust of Lexington we always suggest a thorough Brake Inspection prior to any Brake Service so we can give an accurate estimate for Brake Repairs. So if you are in the area of 1498 Leestown Rd Lexington, KY 40511 and hear abnormal Brake Noise stop in for a consultation with one of our customer service specialists.

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