How Do Brake Pads Work?

Perhaps you've heard a high-pitched squeaking from your brakes as you engage them and have noticed a lot of black dust around your hubcaps, meaning they probably need replacing. Brake pads are an integral part of your car's braking system, and they require regular changing to keep you driving safely.

Your wheels stop spinning when you depress the brake pedal, which engages a caliper that squeezes a metal disc spinning at the same rate as your wheels. As this generates a great deal of heat from the friction, the calipers are capped with graphite pads that absorb the heat and provide a smooth braking experience. Over time, this graphite material wears down, which causes the black dust you often notice on your hubcaps. How often you'll need to replace your brake pads depends on whether you do the majority of your driving in the city.

Our service professionals at Kokomo Auto World in Kokomo, IN can replace aging brake pads.

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