Brake Pads vs Rotors ​

Brake Repair

If you’re looking to get the most out of your vehicle over the long-term, it helps to have a deft understanding of your car’s parts, and what is necessary for maintaining these parts. To help with this, Pat Peck Nissan created a brake pads vs. rotors comparison, so each driver in Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland can understand the differences between these two components.

If you finish this article, and still have questions, or want to have your vehicle inspected, feel free to reach out to the service center at our Nissan dealership!

Understanding Brake Pads

Brake Pads

To start, we’ll look at the function of brake pads in your vehicle, and what brake pads consist of.

Essentially, brake pads are steel, rectangular plates, and they serve to slow your car down. This process starts with you pressing on the pedal. Once you’ve done this, your brake calipers, which are attached to your brake pads, apply pressure to the brake rotors, ultimately slowing your car.

Your brake pads are lined with a friction coating, which typically will consist of metallic, organic, or ceramic materials.

The pads themselves also display a wide range of qualities depending on your vehicle size, the year it was manufactured, and other variables. Some pads are soft and more malleable; others are dense and rigid.

Understanding Rotors

Brake rotors are often referred to as brake discs. This is because of their circular shape.

This disc is attached to your axle, and it will spin freely until you apply pressure with the brake pedal. Once this pressure is applied, your rotors cause friction with the brake calipers and brake pads, helping to slow your momentum.

Brake rotors are always very hard, typically made of either cast iron, or steel.

So, What’s the Difference Between Brake Pads & Rotors?

Vehicle Brake Pedal

Even as the brake pads and rotors work together to help your vehicle decelerate, you’ll find they have many differences.

The most upfront separation is the fact that they’re made of different materials, which means they will age differently over time. Also, they play different roles in the braking process, although they are equally important in stopping your car.

The difference in material, and the subsequent divide in wear and tear, means these components will have to be replaced at different times. Typically, your brake pads will be replaced sooner, around 50,000 miles, especially if your pads are softer than usual.

As for rotors, their dense consistency means they won’t have to be replaced until you eclipse the 75,000-mile mark.

Have Your Brakes Inspected at Our Service Center

If you find your brakes are less responsive than normal, or you know you’ve passed the recommended mileage and want to have your pads or rotors replaced, contact Pat Peck Nissan to schedule your service appointment.

We have a trained staff that can handle any type of brake repair or replacement. Plus, our refined equipment makes it easy for us to get you back on the open roads around Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland in no time!