In order to help keep your brakes working as well as possible, the brake rotors and brake pads need to be inspected as well. It is important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances for your vehicle so we can help determine if any part of your brake system is in need of repairing. While checking the brakes, we will also look at the brake rotors and brake pads. By having your brake system inspected at regular intervals, you can help to prevent a major and costly repair in the future. If the brake rotors start to fail, chances are the brake pads have already worn down so the metal holding the pad in place is rubbing against the rotor.
The brake pads create friction that is converted from the energy of the vehicle to thermal energy. The brake pad is then heated up in contact with the brake rotor. This starts to transfer small amounts of friction to the rotors of your vehicle. A majority of the stopping power for your vehicle is the friction that is created between the rotors and pads. Fluid from the master cylinder is also forced into a caliper, where it then presses against the pistons. Then it will squeeze two brake pads against a rotor, which is attached to the wheel, and then slows down the wheel or forces it to stop. If the brake pads are worn out, it can cause scratches and damage to the brake rotors.
The biggest indicator for needing new brake pads is if you hear a squealing noise when you apply the brakes. This is caused from when the pads grind against the rotor, making for metal-to-metal contact. If the brake pads are severely worn down, a circular shaped mark or groove is made on the brake rotor. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the brake system and brake rotors for you.