As you likely know, taking care of your car or truck’s brakes is an essential part of regular maintenance when you bring your vehicle to Coopers Auto Repair Specialists. Changing the pads and inspecting the rest of the brake for issues can help you to avoid more serious and costly repair services.
However, you may not know much about how these brakes work. Most modern cars and trucks use disc brakes. Below is a little information on how they work and what the parts are.
Disc brakes feature a spinning disc, called a rotor, that connects to the wheel. The main part of the brake is connected to the vehicle frame and clamps down on the rotor. The friction causes the rotor to stop spinning, in turn stopping the wheel. There is typically a brake like this on each wheel.
There are three main parts to a disc brake: the brake pads, caliper, and rotor. Each one’s function is as follows:
With these three components (plus the brake lines, fluid, and pedal), your vehicle can slow itself down. While there are more advanced designs, at their heart, disc brakes are simple but effective machines.
If you need to have your brakes serviced in the Tacoma area, come to Coopers Auto Repair Specialists. Visit us at our 103rd Street location or schedule an appointment.