Brake Pads & Rotors – The Most Safety Feature on Your Vehicle
Your car’s braking system is more than just stepping on the pedal and having the car stopping. The braking system of cars is made of a variety of parts that turns the driver’s actions into a physical force that stops the car. One of these brake parts is the brake pad.
What are Brake Pads?
Brake pads are a key component of the brake system because they are the part that contacts and applies the pressure and friction to a car’s brake rotors (those metal, shiny discs that you can sometimes see behind the wheels of some cars). That pressure and friction being applied to the brake rotor is what slows down and stops the wheel. The role of the brake pad is very simple, but in retrospect, the brake pads themselves are not.
Usually, the wheels of a vehicle rotate very fast, and if you combine that factor with the weight of a vehicle, brake pads go through extreme stress each time you slow down or come to a stop. Brake pads undergo a lot every day and yet are extremely durable. This is why it’s important to make sure they are in good condition because they play an incredibly important job and is key to the functionality of your vehicle, as well as your own safety. So, it is important to know when you should replace your brake pads or buy new ones.
When should I Replace the Brake Pads on My Car?
Brake pads will usually signal when their time is up. If you ignore those signals and wait to replace your brake pads, you are affecting your safety and your finances, since it can lead to an expensive repair.
When worn down, your brake pads will make a noise, similar to a grinding sound whenever you brake. Also when you release your foot off the brake pedal, you will hear a sound, akin to a screeching or squealing. Hearing these sounds usually indicate that it’s time to repair or replace your brake pads, and quite possibly your motor rotors too. Damaged rotors will cause the steering wheel to vibrate or you might feel a pulsing sensation when you are braking.
A damaged rotor is a surefire sign that the brake pads have been worn down. Usually, there is a metal tab that is attached to the pad. When the pads wear down, the tab will rub against the rotor, making a squealing sound whenever you press down on the brakes. This is a good way to alert drivers of the poor condition of their pads.
So if you hear a squeaking, squealing, grumbling or grinding sound when you are driving and applying your foot to the brakes, it’s time to take it in for a check on the conditions of your brake pads.
Contact Cars ‘R’ Us today to book an appointment, and we can help service your vehicle with a brand new brake pad or do any brake pad repairs today. Your safety is our priority!
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