Are Performance-Grade Brake Pads Worth It?

Are Performance-Grade Brake Pads Worth It?

| By: Christian Brothers Automotive

A great pair of brakes will last 30-50,000 miles. Options for brake pads are metallic, organic or ceramic. Pads push on rotors, which halt the wheels.

Once you have worn through the original brake pads (known as OEM pads), you need to choose a new set. In addition to your alternatives of what the pad is created from, you have considerations about the level of performance. In this blog, we’ll discuss your brake pad installation options so you can stop when you want. You can think about livability issues like noise and dust plus stopping power.

First, think about what it’s made of. In most cases, the most costly replacement pads are metallic or semi-metallic. They are good with heat, so provide the best fade resistance. The downsides are a lot of dust residue plus squeakiness. At Christian Brothers of Humble, our skilled technicians don’t prefer these for average cars.

Next, think about organic replacement pads. These are quietest and cleanest on the brake market, but they don’t stop rotors too fast.

Next, ceramics. Asbestos pads are not made anymore. Ceramic pads are great for heat tolerance and fade resistance. They also last for a long time, so you won’t have to replace them all the time. Furthermore, their dust isn’t obvious. But know that, in very high heat situations, ceramic pads can overheat rotors.

You need to be familiar with how the brake pads are built. It’s the difference between molding and glue. Original auto factories mold the pad material and shim together under intense pressure.

For most competing brakes, glue is the only adhesive. You can get breaks, weakness, early wear and inconsistency.

The right brakes for your vehicle depend on your make and model and how you use it, and Christian Brothers can help you decide. Come to the shop or set a time for repair today!

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