Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Do I need new brakes or rotors or both?

asked by on

My car recently started making a loud grinding and squealing noise when I brake now the pedal sometimes goes to the floor when I press it and I just noticed the anti lock brake is on

A: Hi there. Without knowing the specifics abo...

Hi there. Without knowing the specifics about your vehicle, such as make, model, year, or being onsite to physically complete a brake inspection, it is very difficult to tell you how much work will be required. However, if your brakes are making a grinding noise, this is due to metal on metal contact from your brake pad wear indicator and the brake rotor. When this occurs, it digs a groove in your rotor and needs to be resurfaced if there is enough depth on the rotors.

Otherwise, the brake rotors and brake pads will need to be replaced together. The best option for you is to contact one of our local experts to inspect the brakes noise in person to let you know exactly how much work will be required to fix the brake problem.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Squeaking noise in brake pedal

If your brakes are squeaking, this can be caused by a number of different things. The brake rotors could have a surface finish that no longer promotes quiet braking. The brake rotors should have a criss-cross looking surface finish to...

Q: What sort of brake fluid should I use?

Your brake system is hydraulic – it uses fluid pressure to operate. If the fluid is low, there’s a chance that you won’t have the stopping power you need. Of course, you also have to know the right type of...

Q: Ford Ranger won't go into gear brand new slave cylinder installed

You may have air in the clutch hydraulic system and need to bleed out the air. When you jacked up the rear of your truck an air bubble must have gone down to the clutch slave cylinder and caused the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.