As the system of your car that brings you to a stop, your brakes are essential for both safety and performance. Here at Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park, we sell original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Mercedes-Benz parts, including brake equipment, and our technicians are happy to share some information about how exactly they work. Brakes are an incredibly complex system, and a lot happens when you press down on the brake pedal. Here’s a brief overview of how they work.

How Do Brakes Work?

Simply put, when you hit the brake pedal on your Mercedes-Benz car, that action tells the cylinders to supply brake fluid to your calipers so that they can power your brake pads. Pressure from the brake pads is then applied to your rotors, which provides the right amount of friction necessary to bring your vehicle to a safe and precise stop.

What Happens During a Brake Inspection?

In order to keep your brakes running in top condition, the mechanics at our Mercedes-Benz service center strongly recommend following the vehicle’s suggested service schedule, which includes brake inspections. During an inspection, our mechanics will check:

  • Brake pads
  • Calipers
  • Rotors
  • Wheel cylinders
  • Hardware
  • Hoses
  • Fluid condition
  • Parking brake cables
  • Wheel bearings and grease seals
  • Master cylinder fluid exchange

What are Brake Pads?

Brake pads press against the rotors, which creates the friction necessary to bring your car to a stop.

What are Brake Rotors?

Your rotors are the circular metal discs that are connected to each wheel. For your car to stop properly, all four brake rotors need to stop spinning.

What are Brake Calipers?

Calipers are the brake part that creates the pressure necessary to activate your brake pads so that they can stop the rotors from spinning.

Don’t skip your regular brake maintenance. Schedule maintenance today with our Mercedes-Benz expert mechanics at Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park.