While you want your Nissan to take off on open road adventures, you also need it to stop on command. That's why your model came with factory-installed brakes. The process is fairly simple. You press the brake pedal. That causes the master brake cylinder to shoot fluid to your brake calipers. The pressure of the fluid forces the calipers to clamp onto your brake rotors. The resistance created is what slows your wheels.
Why Brake Pads Are Important
The thing is, both the calipers and rotors are made of metal. If they made unprotected contact with each other, the force and heat generated would quickly destroy them. The brake pads cushion that contact, since they're the part that actually makes contact with the rotors.
How to Tell Your Brake Pads are Failing
While you can expect to get up to 50,000 miles out of your brake pads, your driving style and traffic conditions can affect that. Pay attention to signs of the following:
- Loud noises when you're braking
- Requiring more distance to fully stop
- A bouncing or vibrating brake pedal
You probably won't need to replace all of your brake pads at one time. Instead, make sure to replace the front or rear ones at the same time. That ensures consistent performance. You also want to use the best brake pads made for your model. Those would be genuine Nissan brake pads. We have plenty in stock at our online auto parts department. Buy now and we'll ship your order right to you!
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