Have you ever put any thought behind how your car comes to a halt as you press the brake pedal? Many of us take the small parts of our vehicles for granted, but once you learn how a brake pad works and how vital they are to the safety of your car, you just may pay more attention to them.

As you press the brake pedal, a cylinder is activated and sends brake fluid through various lines attached to the calipers. These calipers engage the brake pads, which then apply pressure to the rotor directly connected to the wheel.

Considering how much pressure it would take on the rotors to bring the wheel to a stop, you may want to make a habit of checking the health of your brake pads. You don't have to worry about completing this task often, however, as brake pads can last anywhere from 20,000 to 65,000 miles.

 

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