Brakes, Explained

Your car’s brakes are crucial to your safety. When they begin to age or wear, your vehicle could swerve, shake, or even not stop. However, these tips can help ensure your brake system is always in tip-top condition.

Brake Maintenance

Ensure Your Brakes Are in Flawless Condition for Optimal Vehicle Safety.

Brake Pads

Your brake pads are the metal clamp-type constructs that actually stop yo9ur vehicle, and attach to the rotor. When your brake pads begin to wear, they will reduce in size and may begin to squeak, telling you they need to be replaced.


This part of your brake system fits just behind the wheel. The rotor is what stops your vehicle from moving as the brake pad rubs against it. Worn rotors will prevent a vehicle from stopping and can cause brake fluid leaks. They will begin to show divots in the metal as they begin to wear, showing where the brake pad has rubbed.


While these little clamps may not seem important, they actually hold the whole system together. The calipers fit over the brake pad on one side and the rotor on the other to clamp the two pieces together. Calipers should not be able to be moved when in place. If you can move your caliper without removing the brake pad, you may need a replacement.

Keeping your vehicle’s brake system in check is vital to the smooth operation of the car. Let the experts at J1 Auto Repair help ensure your brakes are always in tip-top condition by calling our expert technicians at 630-932-4427.