Common Brake Problems - Brake Noise, Grinding Noise When Put Foot On Pedal

In this post, we describe some common brake problems. These problems can include general brake noise, grinding noises when putting your foot on the pedal, and other issues. Contact us at Hansma Automotive if you require brake work or any other type of car repair. Most repairs can be accomplished in only a few hours.


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Most car noises are an indication that something is not working as it should. Noises that emanate from the brakes are no exception. If you hear a squealing, grinding or squealing noise, your brakes may be trying to tell you something. Here are some of the possibilities.

Squealing Noise

A squealing noise can often occur when the brakes are wet or even damp with dew first thing in the morning. Listen carefully to the sound; if it goes away after a few moments, that is probably the issue. However, if the noise continues, it is more likely that your brake pads are wearing out. Brakes are designed to begin to squeal when the pads are nearing the end of their life.  If you are unsure if the noise is moisture or brakes nearing the end of their usefulness, simply book an appointment with us, and we will be happy to check out your vehicle.

Grinding, Metal on Metal Noise

If you hear a grinding noise that sounds like metal on metal, it is likely that your brake pads have worn down and you need to take action immediately. Failure to act may mean that you will cause further damage to your vehicle, increasing the likelihood of costly repairs. At Hansma Automotive, we have years of experience with brake repairs. Read about some of the brake repairs we carry out. 

Vibration And A Pulsing Feeling When Braking

When you experience this sensation, then your brakes probably need rotor work. It may be that the rotors are warped due to lack of attention. Don't delay in dealing with this issue or you may experience costly repairs. 

Putting Your Foot On The Pedal Without Effect

If you find that you are having to press the brake pedal further to the floor than normal, it is likely that you are in the early stages of brake pad wear. This is a good time to bring the vehicle in for a brake inspection as it may help prevent costly brake rotor damage down the road.


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Prevent Brake Problems

To prevent sudden, unexpected brake problems, bring us your vehicle for a brake inspection. We will check:

  • Pads and shoes for wear
  • Drums and rotors for wear
  • Wheel cylinders and calipers
  • Hydraulic lines and hoses
  • Master cylinder fluid levels

Hansma Automotive is located at 88 Shoemaker Street in Kitchener, Ontario. Our friendly and experienced staff are known for their exceptional customer service skills as well as technical ability. Click here to to learn more about our Kitchener area brake repairs.


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Posted on November 28, 2015 .