Car Guide: How Do Brake Pads Work?

Brake pads are an important part of your car's brake system. Most vehicles today have a disc brake system that utilizes brake pads and rotors to slow your wheels and bring your car to a stop. Without brake pads, your car wouldn't be able to stop promptly and would likely end up crashing into something. That's why it's important to have your brakes checked when you go in for maintenance to ensure that your brake pads are still healthy.

When you push down on the brake pedal, the brake pads apply pressure to the rotors, which stop your tires slowly. When you hear the brakes screech or squeal as you press down, it could be that you have worn out brake pads that are no longer able to work properly. You should be able to press on your brakes and slowly come to a stop or promptly stop depending on how hard you press down on your brakes.

If you need your brakes checked, stop by McLaughlin Volvo Cars located in Moline for more information.



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