You need your vehicle to stop when and where you want. Your brakes are responsible for making sure that happens. For you, it's simple. You press the sole of your foot against the brake pedal, and the rotation of your wheels slows.
What Brake Pads Do
There's a lot more to braking, though. Your actions lead to the master brake cylinder sending hydraulic brake fluid through lines and hoses to the brake calipers. The fluid's pressure causes the calipers to close onto the brake rotors to produce the resistance that slows you down. Your brake pads prevent the damage that metal-on-metal contact between the calipers and rotors would cause.
Sadly, even the highest-quality brake pads can eventually wear down and begin to fail. That's not good, since you can't depend on your brakes performing as you're accustomed. Replacing yours before they completely fail is the smart choice.
How to Spot Failing Brake Pads
Signs of trouble include:
- Loud squeaking or squealing noises when you're braking
- Needing more time and distance to stop
- Bouncing or vibrating brake pedal
You Can Count on Genuine OEM Brake Pads
When you do need to replace your old brake pads, do so in pairs -- either front or back. That ensures consistent braking performance at all times. If you want to ensure guaranteed compatibility, then buying the authentic brake pads that your manufacturer designed for your model is the smart way to go. They fit right into place, making your DIY project a snap. Buy everything you need right here in our online auto parts catalog today and we'll get your order shipped right to your door!
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