Brake Pads vs. Brake Rotors Manhattan NY

The brake system in your vehicle is a delicate system made up many parts to ensure your safety on the road. While the brakes are one of the most important parts that keep you safe when you're behind the wheel, drivers in Queens, Bronx, and Manhattan may not be familiar with its parts.

To help drivers understand their vehicles a little better, we here at Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram have explained two of the most important parts in your brake system.

Brake Rotor

The brake rotor within your vehicle is essentially what makes your vehicle slow or stop. When you apply the brakes, hydraulic pressure beings to tighten the brake pads creating the friction needed to slow and stop your vehicle when needed.

With the brake rotors, it's imperative to know and understand some of the signs that indicate a problem. For example, a common brake problem warning sign is vibrations felt when pressing on the brake pedal. This happens when the rotors become warped due to the excessive heat created from heavy braking for long periods of time. The vibration you feel is caused by the inability for the brake pads to grab hold a smooth surface on the rotor. To fix this problem, you should take your vehicle into a service center for a repair or rotor replacement.

Brake Pads

Brake Pads work alongside the brake rotors to allow your vehicle to stop and slow down when needed. When the brake pedal is pressed, hydraulic pressure is applied to clench the brake pads together creating friction to help stop to rotor and wheel from spinning. In addition, the brake pads help keep the brake disc and caliper from rubbing and binding together when braking. Without the pads, then the rotor can be scratched creating an uneven surface.

A common sign that indicates a problem with your brake pads is a squealing sound when braking. This is an early sign that your pads are getting worn and need to be replaced. If you start to hear a grinding sound, then this means your brake pads have completely worn through resulting in the caliper and disc rubbing together and scratching your rotors. This problem is a tad easier to fix. If this is a current problem in your car, the technicians at Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram will simply replace the pads. However, if you delayed a replacement long enough, chances are you will not only need new brake pads but new rotors as well.

How the work together

Neither the brake pads nor the brake rotors can function without the other. The brake pads straddle the brake rotors and create the friction needed to stop the rotors and wheels from spinning. They also give a layer of protection to the rotors to help prevent it from scratching or warping.

Overall, it's best to have both of these parts checked regularly especially living and driving in the congested roadways of Manhattan, Bronx, and Queens.

So if you feel that you're due for brake services and maintenance, be sure to head over the Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram's service department to schedule an appointment today.


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