If you’re looking enough to own a Peugeot 3008 new model SUV, you will already know that it comes with an excellent braking system. Every car is a complex piece of equipment with a huge number of electrical, electronic and mechanical components. Many of these parts move, and a certain amount of maintenance must be carried out to keep everything working efficiently. For this reason, we recommend that you get your Peugeot 3008 serviced regularly. One of the most common problems encountered by the drivers of any car is a grinding noise when braking. What causes this, is it dangerous and what should you do about it?
Modern Powerful Braking Systems
We have all gotten used to the powerful braking systems installed in our cars. Many of us take them for granted until we need them in an emergency and this can lead to neglect. When a vehicle isn’t serviced regularly, the braking system is often one of the first areas that suffers. We rely on our braking systems to get us out of trouble and to mitigate the effects of a collision be slowing our progress. So, when we neglect our brakes, it’s a dangerous practice, and we need to take better care of them.
When Braking Systems Start to Fail
When drivers get their cars serviced the service advisor may mention that the brake pads need to be replaced. Sometimes, they may even recommend that you change your disc rotors as well. When braking systems start to fail, you may notice a loss in braking performance, but this isn’t the usual early warning sign. The first thing that many drivers notice is a grinding noise when braking at lower speeds or a squealing noise when braking at higher speeds. This is a sure sign that the brake pads are starting to fail and they need to be replaced.
How Does a Brake Pad Work?
The brake pads or shoes are comprised of a steel backing plate that’s covered with a softer friction material. It’s this material that is supposed to come into contact with the disc rotors or brake drum. The friction between these two surfaces is used to slow the car down and stop it entirely. The brake pad friction material is designed to wear down over time and then it’s replaced with a fresh new brake pad. This is supposed to occur at an even rate and if the pads become too worn the braking efficiency will be compromised. As the brake pad material wears away, the steel backing plate may begin to make contact with the disc rotors. This is the source of the noise; the metal backing plates are grinding against the rotors or drum and gouging the surface.
What Should You Do?
A regular service and replacing the brake pads will be cheaper than replacing a disc rotor or brake drum. So, if you notice a grinding or squealing noise when you brake take your Peugeot 3008 to a brake service specialist and get them inspected.