Brake Pads vs Rotors Albuquerque NM
Having a working brake system might be the most important part of keeping you safe while you drive. At Jaguar Albuquerque, we want to help drivers from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley stay safe. That’s why we put together this review of brake pads vs. rotors to go over some of the parts that help slow you down.
If you think your brake system isn’t acting right, be sure to contact our service department to learn more.
What Are Brake Pads?
Brake pads are what your car uses to slow your wheels down and stop. They’re the part that completes the process that begins with you stepping on the brake pedal.
When you apply pressure with your foot, the master cylinder receives that pressure and transfers it through your brake lines using brake fluid. At the end of your brake lines there’s a set of calipers. These are used to take that pressure and clamp on your wheels to slow the car down.
Your brake pads are located on the inside of your calipers. They create friction to slow you down. They’re usually made of a mixture of organic materials and metal to consistently cause enough friction.
Since brake pads are designed to distribute pressure and create friction, they will wear down eventually. Fortunately, they’re designed to let you know when it’s time to replace them.
You know the infamous sound of squeaking brakes? That’s your brake pads giving you a maintenance reminder. Most brake pads have a small part called an indicator built in. It’s about the size of a small screw. When the pad wears down to a certain point, the indicator will press up against your wheels and create that sound. If you’re hearing suspicious sounds from your brakes, it may be time to check out our brake repair guide to learn more about the signs and symptoms of worn down brakes.
What Are Brake Rotors?
Brake rotors are what your brake pads press up against to cause that friction. Your rotors are part of your brake system, but they’re actually connected to your axles.
If you’ve ever looked at the wheels of your vehicle and seen a silver disc behind the spokes of the wheel, those are your brake rotors. They’re a metal circle that spins at the same speed as your tires. Their shape is where the term disc brakes comes from.
Your rotors are made of smooth metal. This allows for a safe reaction when your rough brake pads press up on them while they’re moving quickly. It also helps them remain aerodynamic while in motion.
There’s also a couple types of brake rotors. Solid rotors are a circle with no holes in them. That’s what you’ll find on most smaller vehicles like a compact or a midsize sedan. Ventilated rotors are used on larger vehicles like trucks. They have the same shape but have a series of holes in them to keep them from overheating.
While they don’t wear down like brake pads, rotors are still receiving lots of friction and pressure. If you ever step on your brake pedal and hear a grinding metal sound, that’s a good sign that you’re dealing with a cracked rotor.
Brake Maintenance & Service
When you stop in for maintenance, a service technician will usually inspect the rotors for cracks. They’ll also look at how thin your brake pads are and replace them if necessary.
At Jaguar Albuquerque we have a staff of knowledgeable technicians in our service center. They can take care of everything from routine maintenance on your brake system to service and repairs. Our goal is to help drivers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley stop safely every time.
If you’ve noticed any of the signs that you need maintenance on your brakes, schedule a service appointment today!