Why Are Brake Pads so Important?

If you’re like most drivers, you’ve probably heard of brake pads, but you may not know exactly how they work. Here’s what you need to know about this important automotive part.

Most passenger vehicles are equipped with brakes that consist of a fixed rotor and a caliper that clamps down on the rotor as the brake pedal is used. The brake pad’s main purpose is to dissipate the friction and heat that occurs where the caliper and the rotor meet. A brake pad’s friction-reducing surface may be made of ceramic, glass, metal, synthetic fibers or a combination of these materials. The life of a brake pad is generally determined by its material make-up and the amount of usage that it receives.

If you’re concerned about the condition of your vehicle’s brake pads, don’t hesitate to stop by Lithia Subaru of Oregon City for a thorough brake check-up today.



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