Brake Pads vs Rotors


Your braking system is made up of various parts, all of which play a part in helping your vehicle slow down and come to a stop when you push your foot down on the brake pedal. What exactly is the difference between the brake pads vs. rotors?

Our team at BMW of Atlantic City shares what these two specific components do and when you will need to have them serviced, so you continue to enjoy smooth and safe braking on the roads of Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland.

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The Role of Brakes Pads

The brake pads and brake rotors work together to help your car slow down and stop when you need it to. The brake pads are the part that clamp down on the rotors each time you push your foot on the brake pedal.

This creates the friction needed to slow down your wheels and eventually bring them to a stop. There are a range of different materials that brake pads can be made of. Depending on the type of vehicle you have, your brake pads might be built from organic materials, ceramics, or metals.  

Brake Rotors

What Do Brake Rotors Do?

The brake rotors are metal discs that are the connection of the braking system to the wheels. As the wheels turn, so do the brake rotors. Then, once you hit the brakes, the pads help stop the rotors from rotating, which reduces the rotation of the wheels, too.

There are also various types of brake rotors. Drilled brake rotors do a great job at keeping heat, gas, and water away, so your brakes continue to perform at their best. Even better stopping power is provided by slotted brake rotors, which are designed to handle the heavy towing loads pulled along by trucks and SUVs. 

Brake Pads and Rotors

Brake Pads vs Rotors: When to Have Them Serviced

Now that we know the importance of each of these parts, it is crucial that you have them regularly serviced to keep them performing their job at their best. The difference, though, is how often you will need to have the brake pads vs. rotors replaced.

Brake pads usually last around 50,000 miles, but they might need to be replaced more or less often depending on your vehicle as well as your driving conditions and habits.  If you notice a squeaking or grinding sound when braking, it could be an indication it is time for a brake pad replacement.

The brake rotors typically last anywhere from 30,000 miles up to 70,000 miles before needing to be changed. This will also depend on the car you drive and your driving habits. A sign it is time to have the brake rotors replaced is when you start to feel a vibration while braking.

Schedule to Have Your Brakes Serviced

Now that you know the important job your brake pads and brake rotors have when driving around Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland, you can go ahead and have them serviced so they continue to give you smooth and safe performance.

Schedule an appointment with us at BMW of Atlantic City to have your worn brake pads or rotors replaced and your entire braking system inspected.

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