The brake pads are a critical component in your disc brake system, along with the calipers and rotors. They all work together to create the resistance needed to slow the rotation of your vehicle's wheels.
What Brake Pads Do
The brake pads are attached to your brake calipers. When you press the brake pedal, the master cylinder sends brake fluid to pistons that force the calipers to clamp down onto the brake rotors. The brake pads cushion that contact, preventing the kind of metal-on-metal contact that can cause permanent damage.
How to Identify Bad Brake Pads
Your brake pads take a lot of abuse thanks to the heat and pressure generated when you brake, though. That can cause excessive wear and tear, which then leads to potential safety concerns. Signs of failure include:
- The brake pedal bounces or vibrates
- You hear squealing or squeaking noises when you brake
- It takes longer to come to a stop
- There's a grinding sound when you brake
- It seems like you need to "step" on the brake pedal to get them to engage
Buy Genuine OEM Brake Pads Online
If you experience any of these symptoms, inspect your brake pads. If they need replacing, change them in pairs. Replacing the front or rear pads together means you'll enjoy dependable, consistent braking performance. Your OEM makes the only brake pads that were specifically designed to fit your model. Our online auto parts counter has everything you need for the job. Buy now and we'll ship your order right to your front door!
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