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Is it any use to you when a technician explains your vehicle’s service using words and terms that you don’t know? Some drivers want the basics given to them straight but when it comes to your car’s complex systems, like the brakes, you need to know about a few parts. Once you have an idea of the main components that make up your vehicle’s braking system, you’ll be better equipped to make the best decisions for repairs and services. Plus, you’ll be able to better articulate questions and discuss repairs with your technician! Let’s dive into the important brake parts!
Depending on what kind of brakes your vehicle uses, it may have brake rotors (also called brake discs). The brake pads press against the rotor/disc on either side, creating friction and slowing the vehicle down. Unsurprisingly, all the pressing and squeezing on this part can cause it to wear over time, leaving grooves or ridges on the surface. If you hear grinding sounds, the brake rotors/discs may need resurfacing or replacement to restore an even contact surface with the brake pads.
As we mentioned, the brake pads are the parts that press onto the brake rotors/discs to slow them down. This is usually the first part of the braking system to wear out and need replacement. But in truth, that depends on their quality. You can tell if your brake pads need to be checked or replaced if you hear squealing when you engage the brakes. That’s a sign that the padding has worn out and the metal part of the pad is making contact with the rotor/disc. Your car may be equipped with a dashboard warning light to alert you when these parts need replacement!
The brake calipers house the brake pads, pistons, and fluid. They generate the friction that slows down the brake rotors/discs and the vehicle like a clamp. In the brake caliper, brake fluid from the master cylinder creates pressure on the pistons to force the brake pads against the rotors/discs. Typically, the most common problem seen with the brake calipers are the seals, which may wear out over time.
Think there might be something wrong with your vehicle’s braking system? Brake repairs and inspections at Arrow Automotive in Reno, Nevada are quick and easy. Let’s take care of your vehicle’s critical safety component!