How Do Brake Pads Work?

Every wheel on your car is attached to a brake rotor that spins with it. When you step on your brake pedal, a caliper squeezes the brake rotor and causes it and the wheel to slow down to a stop. This creates a massive amount of friction and can do irreparable damage to your rotors. To combat that friction and keep your brakes in working order, brake pads are placed between the caliper pistons and the rotors.

Of course, this all means that the brake pads themselves are under a lot of friction and will wear out relatively quickly. There is no such thing as brake pads that last forever, so always listen closely to your car whenever you step on your brakes. If you notice a grinding sound, your brake pads may need to be replaced. Head to a dealership or auto repair shop for some replacement pads as soon as possible.

 

 

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