Brake Backing Plates: Are They Really Necessary?

Do those metal shields behind your brakes matter? Discover the purpose of brake backing plates and whether you can get away without them.

Brake backing plates, those often-rusty metal shields behind your brake rotors, might not seem essential. But before you toss them, let’s understand what they do and the consequences of going without.

What Do Brake Backing Plates Do?
Protection: They shield vital brake components like pads and calipers from dirt, water, and debris kicked up by your wheels.
Noise Reduction: They can help dampen some of the noise generated during braking.
Pad Support: Some designs provide support for the brake pads, influencing how they apply pressure.