Always Maintain Brakes as an Auto Safety System
Of all the safety systems in your vehicle, the brakes are easily one of the most important. Your brakes work hard every day to keep you, your family, and everyone else on the road safe. The amount of force that’s exerted by your brake pistons and the amount of pressure and strain that your discs and pads have to endure are tremendous. The tough job and known wear will ultimately demand that the brake pads get frequent inspections and replaced when they are worn to the point of replacement.
How Your Brake Pads Work
The purpose of your brake pads is to cushion the piston and protect the disc rotor from making the metal on metal contact with the piston. While brake pads do wear the rotor somewhat, they wear it down much more slowly than they would without the pad. You’ll have heard the sound of metal on metal coming from cars with worn-out brake pads – that’s the sound of the piston biting into the rotor. Therefore, brake pads are a very important part of your braking system.
Types of Brake Pads
There are four common types of brake pads:
- Semi-Metallic Brake Pads: Made from 30% to 60% metal, high durability and causes high disc wear.
- Non-Asbestos Brake Pads: Made from softer, organic materials like fiber, glass, and rubber. Low durability and low disc wear.
- Low-Metallic NAO: Made from organic material and copper, these offer medium durability and disc wear.
- Ceramic Brake Pads: Low noise, high durability, and low to medium disc wear, these are considered high-performance brake pads.
Certified Front Brake Pads From Roesch Ford
Now that we understand brake pads a little better, it’s time to point out the fact that the front brakes take the majority of the impact when you come to a stop. That means your front brake pads wear out long before the rear ones do and have to be repaired or changed more frequently. Here at Roesch Ford in Elmhurst, IL, our certified technicians know when brake pads are worn out and have vast direct experience performing front brake pad replacements for Ford vehicles just like yours.
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