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What is Brake Fade?

What is Brake Fade?

What is brake fade? In layman's terms, brake fade is when the brakes of a car suddenly decrease in performance. For instance, when you need to make an emergency stop and slam your brakes, only to see that your wheels do not slow the car down as much as you'd hoped. Of course, one of the biggest culprits in the breakdown of your vehicle's braking system is the tires. Tires worn too low are difficult to grip and control and often have to rely on the suspension system to slow the car down. This leads to brake problems with the shock absorbers, which then translate to misalignment, brake fade, and misalignment of the wheels. If the tires are worn too low, and you do not get your brake pads changed, you are headed for trouble. Additionally, brake fade can happen because of worn or old brakes, faulty brake pads, or faulty suspension systems. Regardless of the cause, damage to the rotors and/or pads is what causes the problem most of the time. Damage can also result from road de ... read more