Brake Pads vs. Rotors: What Do They Do?

Brake Repair and Replacement

When traveling the roads of Mobile, Prichard and Saraland, it’s important that your vehicle’s brakes are responsive. We offer complete brake repair and maintenance services to keep your vehicle on the road longer, ensuring every trip you make is as safe as possible.

Many different parts and components in every car provide a smooth ride every time you get behind the wheel. When it comes to the brakes, both brake pads and rotors play an integral role in stopping the wheels when you press the brake pedal. Read on below to learn more about brake pads vs. rotors and what they do.

What Are Brake Pads?

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Brake pads are a rectangular-shaped object, similar to the shape of a shoe’s heel. While they’re made from different materials, they’re all meant to do the same thing: aid in stopping your car.

The brake pads are located between the calipers and the rotors and press up against the rotors when braking. Many vehicles feature metallic brake pads, a strong pad made of a mixture of iron, copper, steel and graphite. These pads are strong enough to last about 30,000-40,000 miles, though brake pads can at times last up to 60,000 miles before they need to be changed.

Brake pads on the front of the car will usually wear down sooner due to weight being transferred toward the front of the vehicle when braking. If you’ve heard a squeaking or squealing sound, brake pads should be inspected.

What Are Brake Rotors?

Pads and rotors have different functions, but they work together. Rotors are the flat metal discs that are part of the wheel. When the brake pedal is pressed, the brake pads will squeeze down and slow the rotor, which eventually will slow and stop the wheel.

Rotors are typically made of a strong material like iron or steel, which protects them from incurring excessive wear and tear. Also known as brake discs, the rotors are found on the axle and rotate along with the wheel and tire as the car moves.

Brake rotors can be repaired using a machining tool, but eventually, rotors will need to be replaced, typically every 40,000 miles or so. If you’re experiencing a shaking steering wheel when braking or slow-responding brakes, rotors may be wearing down. Consult your owner’s manual for more information about when to replace the rotors or bring your car to our experienced technicians today.

Brake Repair

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Our service team is here for you, ready to repair your brakes if repair is necessary. We offer comprehensive brake repair services for your car or truck, from brake pads to rotors to calipers.

Schedule brake repair online today, and get your Altima, Sentra, Rogue or other Nissan back on the road as soon as possible.

Schedule Brake Pad or Rotor Service Today

At Nissan of Mobile, our focus is always on you. We’ll ensure your brakes are safe when driving on the roads of Mobile, Prichard and Saraland.

Now you understand the difference between brake pads vs. rotors and the signs you need service. There are many components of every car’s brake system, and our experienced technicians understand your Nissan inside and out. Schedule your service online and visit our service center today!