Here at East Bay Authorized Service Center, our team likes sharing information with Pleasanton, CA motorists to help them keep their vehicles safe and in good condition. Your vehicle's braking system has several critical components that must work in sync for optimal brake performance. Brake pads work with rotors to create friction that brings your vehicle to a stop.

As soon as you press the brake pedal, a cylinder transfers brake fluid to the calipers, which engage the brake pads. Next, the brake pads apply pressure to the rotor that's connected to the wheels. The pressure causes the friction that's needed to slow and stop your vehicle.

Although brake pads were made to be durable, they should be inspected routinely. You can check your owner's manual, or a good rule of thumb is to have your brake pads inspected every 5 months or 5,000 miles. However, if you notice the steering wheel shakes, grinding when you press the brake pedal, or your brake light comes on, then you should have your brake pads inspected promptly.

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