Brake Pads vs Rotors

Drivers in Slidell, Picayune, and St. Tammany Parish know how important the braking system of their vehicle is. They also know that when they need a brake repair, the place to go is Honda of Slidell. When it comes to brake pads vs. rotors, what's the difference? Do you know?

If you answered no, then you've come to the right place. Our team of service technicians wants to help our customers better understand their vehicle's braking system. That's why we've put together this guide. By the time you finish reading, you'll be able to tell the difference between the brake pads and the rotors on your Honda. Be sure to contact us today with any questions!

Brake Pads vs Rotors: What Are They

Rotors are metal discs that are made from steel and iron. They are attached to the axles of your Honda and spin with your wheels. There are two different kinds, slotted and drilled. Drilled rotors have small holes in them, which work to dissipate heat and remove water from the surface. The grooves in slotted rotors have the same function.

Brake pads, on the other hand, come in three different varieties. Some are known as organic, these are made from a blend of rubber, glass, and resins, which are capable of withstanding extreme heat. Others are made from Kevlar.

The most commonly used brake pads are known as metallic. They are made from a mixture of iron, copper, steel, and graphite. While they are incredibly strong and cost-effective, they may wear on the rotor because they are so hard.

When They Work Together

Although they are two separate components, the brake pads and rotors work hand-in-hand to bring your Honda to a complete stop.

The caliper, a metal clamp, holds the brake pad and the rotor together. When you compress your brake pedal, it activates a hydraulic line filled with fluid. This squeezes the calipers and pushes the brake pad up against the rotor.

This process creates a massive amount of friction between the brake pad and the spinning rotor. This friction is what slows the spinning of your wheels and brings you to a halt.

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When It's Time for a Replacement

Brake pads are the component of your braking system that must be replaced most frequently. On average, they will need to be replaced between 25,000 and 50,000 miles. This number can fluctuate, however, so it's a good idea to have your brake pads inspected at least once a year.

Rotors are built to last much longer. They will need to be replaced every 30,000 to 70,000 miles. However, having them checked when you get your brake pads replaced may extend their life span. Rotors can often be resurfaced rather than replaced entirely.

You should also keep an eye out for some warning signs, which may mean it's time for a brake repair. If you hear squealing or grinding noises or your Honda pulls to one side when braking, have your braking system inspected.

Get Your Brakes Repaired Today!

Now that you know more about how your brake pads and rotors work, come have them inspected by our experienced team of technicians here at Honda of Slidell. We'll make sure your brakes are ready to take on the streets of Slidell, Picayune, and St. Tammany Parish.

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Honda of Slidell

510 E Howze Beach Rd
Directions Slidell, LA 70461

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