What Role Do Brake Pads Play in Stopping a Vehicle?

If you’re like most people, you probably have a vague idea of how your vehicle’s brakes work. Nonetheless, you’re probably less knowledgeable about the various braking components and how they work. For this reason, here’s a brief overview of brake pads and their function in stopping or slowing your vehicle.

If your vehicle has disc brakes, each wheel will be attached to a brake rotor that spins along with the wheel. When you press the brake pedal, the brake caliper squeezes this rotor to apply pressure to the wheel in order to slow it down. As you can imagine, this creates quite a bit of friction, which is where the brake pads come in.

The brake pads essentially serve as a buffer to prevent damage to the rotor caused by this excessive friction. Unfortunately, the brake pads will eventually wear out and become unable to do their job properly, which will drastically limit your braking capability.

Therefore, if it has been awhile since you’ve had your brakes inspected or your brake pads changed, it might be time to give us a call at BMW of Fort Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our professional service staff can quickly change your brake pads and perform any other maintenance needed to keep you safe. Schedule your appointment today!

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