Brake Pads vs Rotors
You may be hearing a strange sound coming from your car when you stop these days in D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg, and you know enough to know that noise is probably indicative that the brakes may need to be fixed. However, do you know which part of the braking system is going bad?
When it comes to the anatomy of your car, we don’t expect you to be an expert; that’s the job of the professionals in our service department at Pat Peck Kia. We also understand, however, that our customers like to be in the know about the ins and outs of their cars and any potential repairs being done, so we’ve created a guide explaining two key components of the braking system.
Brake Pads: What They Are and When to Replace
Even though they are only a component of the disc braking system, the brake pads are the part that is most commonly replaced, as they are the thin blocks that apply the pressure and friction to the rotor to stop your car. As these wear down, there is less friction being created to stop the car so they and the rotors in combination are having to work harder.
A good way to tell if your pads are in need of replacement is by looking at the pads themselves. You can usually see the pads through the spokes of your wheels and you want at least a quarter of an inch of braking material left on there for proper stopping power. You may also notice a squealing sound, that the car takes longer to stop, or the car is pulling a bit when you brake.
If you want to learn how to change brake pads, check out this handy article here!
Rotors: What They Are and When to Replace
Take a good look at your wheel. Do you see that shiny disc in there? Well that’s your rotor and it’s an important part of the braking system in your car. The rotors are flanked by brake pads that apply the pressure against them to stop the car. If your brake pads are too low, the rotors can be damaged in the process of normal braking.
Once again, take a good look at your wheels. Does there appear to be a groove or anything on the rotors? If there is, this is usually a good indication that it may be time for them to be given a good once over by your local service station. While squealing or squeaking is indicative that your brake pads are going bad, where as a grinding noise shows that there may be damage to the rotor.
Getting Your Brakes Serviced
When you’re ready to get your brakes serviced, schedule an appointment with our service department. Our team of highly-trained and skilled professionals know how to best diagnose your brake issues. Within a couple minutes of pulling your car into our service center, they’ll know which component of the braking system is in need of repair.
Fast and Convenient Scheduling
If you’re noticing strange noises coming from your brakes, it’s your best bet to get them checked out. With our online system, you’re able to schedule an appointment from the comfort of your home or office at your convenience. Don’t let your travels through the D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg areas be affected by bad brakes. Come see our service professionals at Pat Peck Kia as soon as possible!