Brake Pads vs Rotors

 


Brake Rotors

Your vehicle’s braking system is an important aspect of your car’s vital functions. Due to their importance, the team here at BMW of Annapolis put together this detailed guide on two of the most crucial components: brake pads and rotors.

For drivers in Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores, keep reading to discover more about brake pads vs. rotors in the sections below!

What Are Brake Pads and Rotors?

Brake pads and rotors go hand in hand, working together to aid in your vehicle’s driving capabilities. What are they and how exactly do they do this, you ask? Allow us to explain.

Brake pads are a main component of your vehicle’s brake system, sitting between the brake shoe and the brake drum. A brake rotor is a circular, flat piece of steel that is attached to a rod and held in place on the inside of the wheel.

When combined, brake pads contact your car’s rotors, causing friction to slow and stop your car. Both brake pads and rotors are part of a vastly connected system in which each relies on the other to function properly.


Signs Your Brake Pads Need Service


Paying attention to the sensations and noises of your brake pads can help determine whether or not they're in need of repair. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Screeching or squealing noises: Unfamiliar sounds are usually the first clue in recognizing when your brake pads need service. If you’re consistently hearing squeaky noises while braking, it’s probably time to visit our service center.
  • Indicator light: Often displayed on your dashboard as a red exclamation point enclosed in a circle, this notification is a good indicator that something may be up with your brake fluid level or its hydraulic system.
  • Brake pedal shakes or vibrates: Do your brakes feel unstable as you press down, making it difficult to slow your vehicle to a stop? This could mean that your brake pads have worn out and it’s time to have them replaced.

Experiencing any of these warning signs? Click, call, or visit our service center today and get your brake pads back in tip-top shape.


When Should You Replace Your Vehicle’s Rotors?


As with brake pads, rotors may also display various signs that indicate it is time to bring your vehicle in for a rotor repair or replacement. These indicators include:

  • Grinding or growling: Wear and warping of your vehicle’s rotors can produce an unpleasant grinding or growling noise. When you hear this sound, it’s probably high time to schedule a service appointment.
  • Blue rotors: If your car has larger wheels, you may be able to see the rotors without needing to remove the tire. When your rotor is sporting a new blue tint, that means they are beginning to overheat.
  • The ABS light is on: The ABS, or anti-lock braking system, contains sensors that monitor the rotors and other brake parts. If this light is displayed on your dashboard, it’s a good indicator that something isn’t working properly.

We recommend taking care of any rotor problems early on. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, don’t hesitate to visit our service center.


Learn More and Schedule a Service Appointment


Drivers in the Annapolis, Highland Beach, and Hillsmere Shores areas can learn more about brake pads vs. rotors by scheduling a service appointment with the experts of BMW of Annapolis today!


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