Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: grinding noise when braking in cold temps and shifting is difficult

asked by on

My car is getting a bit older now. This morning it started skidding on the wet pavement and when I applied the brakes, there was a grinding sound and I could feel it too, vibrating in the brake pedal. What would be causing this?

A: What you are feeling sounds like normal ant...

What you are feeling sounds like normal anti-lock brake (ABS) operation. The ABS system is designed to prevent the wheel lockup when the brakes are applied firmly or is on a slippery surface.

To accomplish this, the ABS module monitors wheel speed via sensors. It then rapidly releases and applies hydraulic pressure to the appropriate wheels to prevent lockup. This action is usually felt as a pulsation in the brake pedal. If you believe there is in fact a problem with your brake system, I suggest you have a trained professional inspect your braking noise firsthand. The team at YourMechanic is an excellent option since we make house calls.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: I'm looking to buy a 1986 Ford Bronco II for $500. The transmission's shot, is it worth it?

Before I would make the purchase of the vehicle I would recommend first locating a replacement transmission for the vehicle. Then you will know how much the part will cost and then just need to get pricing on replacement clutch...

Q: Leak at the top of the pinion gear. Not much, can smell the burning fluid. Use Lucas oil or replace the whole rack.

I would replace the whole rack and pinion. You could try a rebuild kit if you want but as a technician I would suggest getting a new one. If you would like to verify the cause of the leak before...

Q: Squeaky / noisy passenger-side chair

From what you've described, it sounds like you have seat track locating pins that are rubbing the floor pan where they operate. You have to remove the seat and follow Toyota's technical service bulletin 0288-08. This will show you how...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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.