How Do Brake Pads Work?

Brake pads typically consist of a combination of metals, such as graphite, copper, iron, and steel that are mixed together. A very strong material is required to withstand the heat and friction of stopping a moving vehicle. This mixture of metals forms a surface that’s durable and cost effective.

When you press the brake pedal inside the car, you force brake fluid through the lines of the brake system. It leaves the master cylinder and travels through each brake’s line where it reaches the caliper. The caliper squeezes the brake pads and rotors together. The friction created by the pads and rotors is what stops the vehicle.

If you have started to hear rubbing or squealing when you apply the brakes, it may be time for service. Stop in to Penske Ford the next time you’re in La Mesa. Our experienced service technicians are here to answer questions and help keep you safely on the road.

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