Understanding How Your Brake Pads Work and Why They Wear Out

Your car’s brake system is extremely complex. It consists of a whole series of hydraulic lines, mechanical components, and electronic sensors. However, the overall function is pretty simple: you press the brake pedal and your brake pads slow your car down.

They do so through friction. Behind each of your wheels is a big metal rotor that spins along with the axle whenever your car is in motion. Pressing your brake pedal forces hydraulic fluid to squeeze the brake pads against the spinning rotors.
The resulting friction between the pads and rotors is what stops your car. However, that same friction also slowly wears the pads down every time you press the pedal. That’s why you need to have your pads replaced periodically to maintain the stopping power of your brake system.

If you find your brakes squeaking or stopping poorly, swing by Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center to have your brake pads inspected and replaced if necessary. We want every driver on the road in Nederland to stay safe behind the wheel, and a properly maintained brake system is imperative for driving safely and avoiding accidents.

 

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