A disc brake system consists of a brake disc or rotor, a brake caliper, and brake pads. When the brake pedal is applied, pressurized hydraulic brake fluid squeezes the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor. The result of this contact produces friction which enables your vehicle to slow down or stop completely.
Symptoms of Needing Brake Service:
Brake pads absorb most of the heat and friction produced during the braking process and therefore are the fastest wearing component of your braking system. Replacing your pads regularly can extend the life of your more expensive brake rotors.
Brake rotors will wear over time as well even with regular pad replacement. The friction produced during the braking process simply wears though.Brake fluid is the other main consumable when it coms to your vehicle’s braking system. Much like your engine’s oil, brake fluid collects dirt and debris over time that can effect its performance. Changing your brake fluid according to your vehicles Owner’s Manual is best.