How Do Brake Pads Work?


Do your brakes squeal when you push your foot down? You may have a worn brake pad that needs to be replaced. Brake pads are integral to your vehicle's brake system. Most cars have a brake drum and brake shoe, which clamps down on the brake pad to make the tires slow down to a stop.

Every time you press down on the brakes, you cause some wear on the brake pads. This means that whether you have ceramic, organic, or metallic brake pads, you cause friction that removes part of the protective coating. Once that gets down to less than a quarter inch, you should have your brake pads replaced.

There are some common symptoms of a brake pad that is wearing down. These include screeching noises, deep metallic grinding, indicator lights, or warnings from your car. Most of the newer cars have these indicators built in. You can visit Sheehy Nissan of Mechanicsville to get your brakes checked quickly by professionals.
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