How Do My Car's Brake Pads Works and When Should I Replace Them?

If you're driving a car with disk brakes, the brake pads are a crucial part of the braking system. Without properly functioning brake pads, the car you're driving wouldn't slow down or stop like it usually does, putting you and the people around you in danger.

When you press the brake pedal, brake pads provide friction to slow or stop your car. The brake pads press on the brake rotors, which are the flat discs that you can often see resting behind your wheels. The friction and pressure created by the contact between the pads and rotors are what slows the wheels down.

Every time you press the pedal, your brake pads experience extreme stress. The pads have to press down against a heavy metal disc and maintain contact until a very heavy vehicle slows down or stops. After doing this for thousands of miles, the brake pads get worn out. You should generally replace your brake pads after 50,000 miles. However, your car may need new brake pads a bit earlier or later depending on a variety of factors. To find out if you need new brake pads, bring your car to the service center at Smith Cairns Ford Lincoln.

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