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Why are my Brakes Grinding After New Pads and Rotors?

Why are my Brakes Grinding After New Pads and Rotors?
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Why are my brakes grinding after new pads and rotor! The brake grinding sound can be scary, especially if you’ve never heard it before. However, the good news is that there are a lot of common reasons why your brakes might grind. In this article we’ll go over what causes grating sounds and how to fix them!

Your Brake Pads Are Not Fully Compressed.

If you are using new brake pads and the grinding sound is still present, it could be that the pad is not fully compressed. If this is true, then your brakes will not be able to transfer the braking force to the rotor. This means that each time you hit the brakes; you will hear a grinding sound as the two parts rub against each other instead of transferring force smoothly as they should.

In order for them to be able to do their job properly, your brake pads need to be tightened against both sides of your rotor so that all four corners can apply pressure simultaneously. This way when you step on your pedal, all four corners get pushed inward at once causing friction between them and stopping rotation within a fraction of a second!

Your Brake Pads Are Too Small.

If you are experiencing grinding in your braking system, it could be a sign that the pads are too small for the rotor.

  • The best thing to do is to get new brake pads and rotors that are designed for your vehicle, driving style, and weather conditions.
  • This will help eliminate grinding as well as prevent premature wear on both parts of your braking system.

You Have An Anti-Rattle Clip.

As you know, we recommend replacing your brake pads and rotors in pairs. This ensures that your braking system is balanced and performing at the best possible level. However, even when using new pads and rotors, sometimes you may still experience grinding in your brakes.

If this happens to you after installing new pads and rotors then it’s likely that you have an anti-rattle clip on one of the back sides of each brake pad. These clips can sometimes prevent proper installation of the pad onto the rotor causing it not to sit squarely against its backing plate; therefore causing a rattle when applying pressure during braking.

You Have A Caliper Sticking.

If you’ve just replaced your brake pads, and the sound of grinding has started up again, it’s a good idea to check the calipers. A caliper is essentially a hydraulic clamp that squeezes onto either side of your brake pad to push against the rotor when you press down on the pedal. If one of these clamps isn’t fully releasing after it presses against the brake pad and rotors, then it can cause an uneven braking effect when applied and release—leading to grinding noises.

How do I know if my calipers are sticking?

The easiest way to check whether or not your calipers may be stuck is by taking off a wheel and seeing if any part of them moves freely under pressure when pushed down on with your hand. This test doesn’t require any tools or knowledge beyond knowing which direction “open” means (away from something else). If nothing seems locked in place while removing/installing wheels, then they should all move freely if pushed down with enough force from underneath both sides at once. If any part does not move freely away from other parts once released under pressure (like pushing two buttons together), then this indicates that something needs adjusting inside before driving again safely without worrying about grinding noises every time you apply brakes. Read Also:Top 14 Driving Tips You Should Know

You Have Bad Rotors.

If the grinding noise is getting louder or more frequent after new pads and rotors, it’s likely that you have bad rotors. The first step to figuring out whether this is true is to inspect the rotors for cracks, warping, and excessive wear. If all of those things are present then you will need to replace your rotors.

If these things are not present, but you still hear grinding when braking then there’s a chance that something else might be going on with your brakes.

You have metal-on-metal contact from the rotors and brake pads.

  • The brake pads are not the right size for your vehicle.
  • The brake pads are not properly seated on the rotors.
  • The brake pads are a different type than what is specified in your owner’s manual, causing them to wear out faster than they would normally or they don’t provide the desired braking power and feel (e.g., you have non-asbestos organic material /low-dust material that has a lower coefficient of friction compared with your stock  brakes).
  • Your current set of replacement brake pads is worn out, so it doesn’t grip like it should during normal braking action when you press down on the pedal; this can lead to excessive noise/grinding after installation if there is any metal-on-metal contact at all between the rotor and pad surface during operation

Don’t ignore the brake grinding sound when it happens, the longer you wait to fix the problem, the more expensive it will get!

If you ignore your brake grinding problem, the noise will get louder and louder. Eventually, you will have to replace more parts than just the pads and rotors.

If your brakes are grinding after new pads and rotors, there is a good chance that the brake caliper piston seals have failed. In this article we will cover some of the symptoms of this common problem and what you can do about it if you suspect it is happening to you.

Is the brake pedal HARD to push?

If your brake pedal is hard to push, it might be due to worn discs or calipers. In this case, you can consider replacing the rotors and pads on your vehicle. However, it’s also possible that there is a problem with the master cylinder or slave cylinder and they need to be replaced as well.

If the pedal feels normal but the grinding continues after replacing both sets of rotors and pads, then it could be an issue with either one or both cylinders affecting how smoothly your brakes are able to stop you from moving forward.

Are you getting uneven, wobbly braking?

If your brakes are uneven, wobbly and grinding when you apply the brake pedal, this is a sign that the rotors are not well aligned. This can be caused by several different issues such as poor installation or worn parts. It could also mean that the calipers are dragging on the rotors and/or pads have become misaligned due to corrosion buildup. In many cases, it’s best to have these types of issues diagnosed by a certified mechanic who knows what they’re doing before attempting any repairs yourself

Do you hear grinding or squealing noises, even more so when braking?

If you hear grinding or squealing noises, even more so when braking, it’s likely that your brake pads are worn out.

If you hear grinding or squealing noises, even more so when braking, it’s likely that your brake pads are worn out. It is not uncommon for most drivers to ignore this symptom until the last minute before replacing their brakes. As a result, they often make the mistake of replacing their rotors with new ones without checking them first. This can lead to more costly repairs later on because the rotors were not changed at all; rather they were just resurfaced by a service provider who did not notice how badly damaged they were from age and wear and tear over time! Read Also :What Cause Automatic Transmission to Fail

Does your steering wheel shake when you hit the brakes?

Does your steering wheel shake when you hit the brakes? This could be a sign of warped rotors. If you are getting uneven braking, or pulsating brakes, it could also be a sign of warped rotors. This can lead to premature wear and tear on your vehicle’s front end components, causing poor handling and dangerous situations while driving.

Do your brakes feel like they are pulsating when you step on them, even after you’ve stopped completely?

If you feel a pulsating brake pedal, stop immediately and check your brakes. This could be a sign of a warped rotor, which can cause excessive wear on the pads and may also affect the performance of other parts in your braking system.

If you don’t see any of these symptoms, then it’s likely that you didn’t put the new brake pads on properly.

If you don’t see any of these symptoms, then it’s likely that you didn’t put the new brake pads on properly. If this is the case, inspect your wheel again and make sure that the new pads are not rubbing against the rotors at all. You may also need to adjust your calipers or wheel bearings (if applicable) in order to get rid of any play in them so they can be adjusted properly.

The longer you wait to fix this problem, the more expensive it will be for you in the long run. If you keep ignoring your grinding brakes until they’re completely worn out and need to be replaced with new ones, then that becomes an even more expensive repair job!


So, what do you think? Do you need new brake pads? If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, it’s time to get some new ones! Just remember that they should be installed properly so they work well with your car.

Hopefully, you have found this article helpful. We know that it can be scary when your brakes are grinding, but if you follow the steps above and get them checked out by a mechanic we are confident that they will be able to fix any problems with your brakes quickly. If not then at least now you know how expensive it could get if left unchecked!

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