Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Grinding sounds during braking, burning smell

asked by on

I have brake system issues on my car. I had the rotors, pads along with calipers replaced. However, the grinding sounds are still noticeable when I'm braking. Besides the noise, there is a smell similar to burnt feathers, after a longer drive on the highway. What could be wrong?

A: Hi there, thanks for writing in about your ...

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 2009 Ford Flex. The pad material used in the pad can be noisy and cause a light burning smell after use. This is normal and doesn’t require any fixing unless you change to a ceramic pad that it is available for your vehicle. If the problem persists or worsens, you may want to have the brake system inspected to ensure that this is not a sign of a more troubling 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: I have a Toyota Venza. Are my Brake lines connected to my rotors?

The brake lines are connected to the brake calipers not the rotors. If you are hearing a noise from the rotor area when the brakes are applied, then there could be an issue with the rotors being too thin or...

Q: My truck won't start. No sound, no lights, nothing turns on when I go to start my truck.

Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely having issues with the battery. When the alternator fails, the vehicle does its best to rely on the battery, which puts it under an incredible amount of stress. This likely...

Q: Burning plastic-like smell when braked for more than 10-20 seconds

If the odor is coming from your car (as opposed to perhaps surrounding cars which can happen) and you are only detecting the odor on application of the brakes, a possibility is the brake caliper is failing to retract and...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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.