What Do the Sounds My Brakes Make Mean?

Your car has a way of letting you know when something is wrong. Your brakes make different noises to tell you what's going on with your car. Here's what the different brake noises mean.

Morning Sounds

If your brakes make a grinding noise each morning, you may or may not have a cause for concern. Some brakes make this noise due to accumulated moisture. Other times, your brakes can make a squealing or grinding noise due to rust buildup on the rotors. Normal driving can remove the rust and stop the noise.

Loud Squealing

Your brakes will make a loud squealing noise when the brake pads need to be replaced. You should never drive a vehicle that has worn brake pads. Most cars have a brake wear indicator that is made from steel. When the brake pads make contact with the rotor, you will hear a loud squealing noise.

Rattling or Vibrating

Rattling or vibrating sounds could indicate you have a worn or warped rotor. Worn or warped motors create an uneven surface that prevents the brake from making full contact with the rotor.

Muffled Squealing

If you notice muffled squealing sounds, brake dust buildup could be the culprit. Neglecting your car's maintenance schedule can cause dust to accumulate, resulting in muffled squealing sounds. If brake dust buildup is the issue, you won't notice vibrations, grinding, or banging noises.


If your brakes feel as if they are about to fail, and accompanied by noises, brake fading is the most common issue. When the brakes overheat, brake fading is a result. Brake fading can happen when you have new brake pads and rotors installed. If the wrong rotors or brake pads are installed, it causes the brake fluid to overheat.

Debris Commotion

Debris can start due to pebbles and other debris trapped inside the brakes. A sudden grinding noise coming from the brakes can indicate debris from the road is stuck in the brakes.

Although a lot of auto issues might seem harmless or minor, you should schedule your vehicle for a visit to our shop. It's best for a mechanic to inspect your vehicle to ensure everything is working properly. If you're having problems with your brakes, visit us today. We look forward to helping you!

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