How Do Brake Pads Work?

Metals, such as graphite, iron, steel, and copper form a mixture that create brake pads most commonly used on vehicles. Brake pads need added strength because of the extremely high heat produced from the friction of stopping a vehicle hundreds of times. The cost-effectiveness and durability of this combination of metals makes them a standard choice.

When you press on the brake pedal, a flow of hydraulic fluid, also called brake fluid, surges through the brake lines of each wheel. It reaches the caliper, and the caliper presses the brake pads and rotors together. This friction caused by the two parts working together stops the vehicle.

If you’ve noticed a screeching or grinding noise when you press on the brake, it might be time to have your vehicle serviced. Feel free to stop in to Sheehy ford of Warrenton the next time you’re in Warrenton, VA. One of our knowledgeable service technicians will be happy to answer your questions.

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