The brakes in your vehicle work hard on every drive. When you slow down in traffic, stop at a red light or make a quick stop due to an obstacle in the road, your brakes are at work. Over time, using your brakes will cause normal wear and tear, which can make them ineffective or useless. It is important to regularly maintain your brake system to keep it in top condition and to ensure safe driving conditions for you and your family.
What Makes a Brake
The brake system in your vehicle is comprised of a disc, also called a rotor, a caliper, and the brake pad. From inside the car, it seems like all that happens is a push on the brake pedal, and the vehicle stops. But inside the car, this depressed pedal sends brake fluid through the brake lines as a piston moves in the master cylinder. As pistons in the caliper are initiated, the brake shoe pushes against the rotor, causing friction on the brake drum. Essentially, this pressure caused by your brake pad on the drum will slow the roll of your vehicle, and eventually cause it to stop.