Brake Pads vs Rotors

Brake Pads vs Rotors

Your automobile is a machine comprised of various components, all working together to ensure the vehicle is running properly. Two of these parts are known as the brake pads and rotors.

They are vital to the function of your car. It’s important for drivers to not only know how they work, but how to properly keep up with their maintenance. That’s why the folks here at VW of Panama City have put together this article on brake pads vs. rotors.

Discover how these parts can help you get around Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City, FL, through the following sections and contact us with any questions!

How Do My Brakes Work?

Car BrakesIn order to address possible issues with your brake pads and rotors, it’s important to understand what these parts are and how they work. Let’s dive in.

Brake pads are one of the main components of your car’s brake system, located between the brake shoe and the brake drum. They play a pivotal role in the correct function of the brake system, applying pressure and friction to the rotors. It is this pressure that slows and eventually stops the wheels from moving.

Signs Your Brake Pads Need Service

If you’ve ever asked, “Why are my brake pads squeaking?” then you’ve experienced one of the warning signs that it’s time to service your brake pads. Here are some additional indicators you should bring your vehicle in for brake pad maintenance:

  • Brake Pedal Shakes or Vibrates: Do you feel a shaking or vibrating sensation when you press down on the brakes? Shaking brakes often indicate that the brake pads have worn out. In this case, it’s a good idea to have them replaced.
  • Indicator Light: If something is off with your brake fluid level or hydraulic system, an icon will display on your dashboard. This icon is typically seen as an encircled red exclamation point and is a good indicator that it’s time for maintenance.


Always keep an eye out for these warning signs and be sure to schedule a service appointment at your earliest convenience if you suspect something is malfunctioning.

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When Should You Replace Your Vehicle’s Rotors?

ABS LightJust like brake pads, rotors may display various signs that indicate it is time to bring your vehicle in for rotor repair or replacement. These indicators can include:

  • Grinding or Growling: The wear and warping of your vehicle’s rotors can produce an unpleasant grinding or growling noise. When you hear this sound, it’s probably high time to schedule a service appointment.
  • Blue Rotors: If your car has larger wheels, you may be able to see the rotors without needing to remove the tire. When your rotor is sporting a new blue tint, that means they are beginning to overheat.
  • The ABS Light Is On: The ABS, or anti-lock braking system, contains sensors which monitor the rotors and other brake parts. If this light is displayed on your dashboard, it’s a good indicator that something isn’t working properly.

We recommend taking care of any rotor problems early on, so if you are experiencing any of these issues, don’t hesitate to visit our service center.

Learn More and Schedule a Service Appointment

Drivers in the Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City areas can learn more about brake pads vs. rotors by scheduling a service appointment with the experts of VW of Panama City today!

We look forward to assisting you!

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