Brake pads are responsible for making contact with the rotors and taking your vehicle to a full stop. But to understand their importance, you have to know the system they are a part of. In order for the brake pads to do their job, there are a couple of other parts that they depend on.
Brake Systems And What They Do
The brake system consists of four main parts that work in unison to keep you safe, they include:
- Brake lines are connected to the brake pedal, and they function based on hydraulic pressure. When pressure is applied, the liquid inside moves a little bit.
- Calipers have pressure sensors inside of them, which are connected to the brake lines and sense the difference of the hydraulic liquid. Then they squeeze the two brake pads mounted on both sides of the rotors.
- Rotors are big, metal circles that are connected to the wheels.
- Brake Pads make contact with the rotors to slow down the vehicle.
These components transfer the input of the driver from the pedal to the wheels. If any of these fail to do their job, to say the least, a visit to the repair shop won't be enough. This is why brake pads are one of the most frequently changed parts. If you are wondering how often you should change them, we will give some advice, so you are safe on the road.
When To Get Brake Pads Changed
The right time to change your brake pads differs from car to car, and not only that, but the way and duration you drive it for, also has an effect. The best way to determine it yourself is by reading in the manufacturer’s guide, and basing your routine repair shop visits on the information you find.
If you don't want to deal with manuals, you can either follow the general rule of thumb, and change them every 20,000-30,000 miles, or visit a facility like ours. There are other ways like adding a brake change to the list of seasonal services.
A simple visit to Toole's Garage Stockton can make a huge difference. To stay safe, be sure to book an appointment at our auto repair shop so we can take a look and fix your car up!