The brake pads on your car, pickup, van, or SUV are important elements in the disc brake system. That's because they work with the brake calipers and brake rotors to generate the friction, also known as resistance, needed to slow to rotation of the wheels.
What Brake Pads Do
How it works is simple. When you apply pressure to the brake pedal, fluid is routed from the master brake cylinder. That mounting pressure causes the brake calipers to close onto the brake rotors and slow you down. Since the calipers and rotors are both made of metal, the pads cushion their contact to prevent lasting damage.
Of course, that means you’re your brake pads take a tremendous beating from the pressure and heat produced during the act of braking. When they wear down, your safety is put at risk.
How to Spot Bad Brake Pads
Fortunately, the signs of failing brake pads are easy to recognize. They include:
- You hear grinding, squeaking, or squealing noises when you brake
- Your brake pedal bounces or vibrates
- Your brake pedal feels unusually soft or squishy
- It takes longer to come to a complete stop
Genuine OEM Brake Pads are Your Best Choice
When you do replace your brake pads, there are two things to remember. First, you should replace them in pairs, either front or rear, to enjoy consistent braking performance. Second, your manufacturer makes the only brake pads that are guaranteed to be compatible with your model and its disc brake system. Find your next set in our online auto parts inventory. Buy now and we'll ship your order right out!
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