Brake Pads vs Rotors

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In discs brakes, your brake pads are either of the thin blocks that grips the rotor; in other words, they’re the components that actually contact the rotor in order to create the friction that will slow it down. On the other hand your brake rotors are the parts that attach directly to your wheels via the brake hubs.

Our Boardwalk Honda team created this guide to brake pads versus brake rotors for our customers in Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and the surrounding NJ communities.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. If you notice that you’re having any issues with either your pads or your rotors, you can set up a service appointment.

More Info: Pads and Rotors

Here’s a general overview of how your basic disc brake works. As always, contact us with any questions.

  • Your wheel is attached to the rotor via the hub. As the wheel spins around at thousands of rotations per minute, your hub and your rotor are spinning right along with it.
  • The brake caliper is situated above the rotor. The caliper holds the brake pads (via the piston), which overlap the brake rotor on either side. However, when you aren’t pressing your brakes down, there’s a bit of separation between the pads and the rotor, so the wheels spin freely.
  • As soon as you press the brakes down, the piston squeezes the caliper so that its presses the pads up against the rotor. The friction created brings the wheel to a stop quickly.

That’s it, in a nutshell. Now that you have a clearer picture, you can see exactly how important it is to keep your brake pads (and your brake rotors) well-maintained. If you don’t, you could be in for trouble.

After all, the friction that causes your car to stop is the same friction that’ll wear those pads right down.

Our Boardwalk Honda Brake-Service Team

Luckily, the expert automotive technicians at our Service Center are well-versed in all disc-brake parts:

  • Pads and Rotors
  • Calipers and Pistons
  • Wheels and Hubs
  • Hoses and Lines
  • Brake Boosters
  • Cylinders

They also know what they’re doing when it comes to drum brakes, e.g. brake drums, brake shoes, etc.

So, if it’s time to get your brakes serviced around Egg Harbor or Atlantic City, then you know exactly who to call. Our teammates will work with the utmost professionalism, carrying out their jobs efficiently and effectively. This means that you and your family will be as safe as possible while you’re out on the road.

Set up your brake-service appointment right now at Boardwalk Honda

You can either call us on the phone, chat with us on our website, or stop by our service center today to have your brake pads and your rotors serviced by one of the top-notch automotive teams in New Jersey.