How Do Brake Pads Work?

Your car might seem like a complicated collection of mechanical systems, but even a little bit of understanding will yield plenty of benefits, like recognizing when there's a problem or saving you money when it's time to sell your car.

Brake pads are an integral part of a larger system. As your wheels spin, they also include a set of discs that can number between two and four, depending on the make of your car. A set of calipers on each disc will pinch it, causing it to slow its motion. This is what brings your car to a stop. The pads that protect the calipers have a graphite composition intended to absorb the vast amount of heat created by friction. As these pads wear down, they produce brake dust, a light black coating you'll find on your hubcaps. You'll need to regularly replace these pads in order for your brakes to function correctly.

You can visit West Side Acura in Edmonton, AB any time you need repairs or replacements to your braking system.

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