What Are Brake Pads: BC Parts Glossary

May 25,2022

One of the most vital components of any vehicle is the braking system - especially the brake pads. Invented by Elmer Ambrose Sperry in 1898, these small parts can cause major problems if they are worn down. But what are they exactly, and how do they work? Brake pads come into contact with the rotors, causing enough friction to slow down or completely stop a car. While they are part of an intricate network of elements that rely heavily on each other, they play their own role very well. As you step on the brake pedal, a cylinder is activated. It sends fluid through a series of hoses that end up down in the calipers. This is when the brake pads are engaged. Applying pressure to the rotor - which is connected to each wheel - the production of friction decreases the speed of the vehicle. To reverse this process, simply release the pedal. This lets go of the brake pads which then moves the fluid back up the hoses. The result is your wheels are free to move again. There are many different types of brake pads - each dependent on a vehicle's particular make, model, and year. If you need to have yours replaced, contact Ford Parts BC today and find a perfect match.