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Im hearing a grinding sound when i step on the brakes.

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A grinding noise usually means you have sand, dirt, or some other type of debris stuck in your brakes. I would suggest taking it to a car wash and really trying to give it a good blast of water in around the brake drum or rotor. If that still doesn't do the trick and you are a bit mechanically inclined you can try taking the wheels off and take a closer look at your brake drum or calipers to see if there is anything stuck in them, otherwise I would then take it to a brake shop or a "trusted" mechanic to have them look at your brakes. I hope this helps.

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