How Do Brake Pads Work?

Metals, such as graphite, iron, steel, and copper are combined to create brake pads most commonly used by daily drivers. Because of extremely high heat from the friction of stopping a vehicle hundreds of times, brake pads need added strength. The cost effectiveness and durability of this combination of metals makes them a standard choice.

As 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 depress the brake, it may be time to have your vehicle serviced. Feel free to stop in to Nissan North the next time you’re in Worthington. One of our knowledgeable service technicians will be happy to answer your questions.

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