Q: Q: I hear a grinding when braking.

asked by on

I hear a grinding sound when braking and the thermostat elevates above normal.

A grinding sound when braking could be an indicator of low pad material or shoe material depending on whether the grinding is coming from the front or rear axle. The sound may also be worn or damaged braking hardware. Either scenario means the brake system needs immediate attention to ensure safety.

My advice would be to have a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect your brake system to identify worn components and measure linings and other parts such as drums and rotors to be sure you are within the manufacturers specifications. Replace and correct worn and/or damaged brake system components.

The latter concern of the thermostat elevating above normal is a possible indication of a either a faulty thermostat or faulty engine coolant temperature sensor. A qualified technician should be able to check the coolant temperature sensor for proper operation and change the thermostat if the engine coolant temperature sensor is operating properly.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: I hear a grinding when braking.

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: Its running hot even when I changed my water pump and thermastat

There are several possible causes when it comes to an overheating issue. A water pump or thermostat are definite possibilities, but there are still quite a few other possibilities. An air pocket in the cooling system, a clogged radiator, or...

Q: Brake pedal goes 3/4 down of the way down then catches

The first thing i would check it to make sure the brake pedal to brake booster arm bushing is not worn out. Check the brake pedal free travel with your hand to see if it is more than a 1/2...

Q: Q: Traction light on

The TCL, or traction light, typically appears in conjunction with either the ABS, anti-lock braking system, light or with the Service Engine Soon Light. The traction control on your Mitsubishi Galant not only utilizes the ABS for proper function but...

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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.