Are Premium Brakes a Good Idea?

The excitement of summer road trips is finally here, but taking the wheel and hitting the blacktop isn’t you’re only concern. In fact, before you even start accelerating, you will probably push the brake pedal. When the brakes need to be repaired or replaced, choose with care.

A good set of pads will last 30,000 and up to 50,000 miles. Alternatives for brake pad liner material are ceramic, metallic or organic. Pads put pressure on rotors, which halt the wheels from turning.

After any brand new car has burned through its OEM brake pads, it needs new ones. There’s also performance capacity to take into account. Get more information about your brake pad replacement below. Take into consideration stopping power, fade resistance, noise, dust and wear.

First, consider what it’s made of. If you’re a racer, a semi-metallic alternatives might be ideal. Their ability to handle heat also makes them best for fade resistance, meaning they won’t fail even if you keep your foot on the pedal for a long time. Look for more than usual noise and black dust on the rotor. At Christian Brothers of Austin, our talented team members don’t prefer these for most vehicles.

Now for organic pads. The best for noise and dust control, they’re not the best for stopping power.

Ceramics are next up. They are used instead of asbestos. Choose ceramic pads for stopping power and heat tolerance. They also wear well, so you don’t have to replace them too often. Plus, their dust isn’t obvious. Watch out for heat at performance speeds, however.

Let’s get into how they’re built. The main differentiator between auto manufacturer brakes and aftermarket models is molding vs. glue. Original car makers mold the friction material and shim together at high pressure.

With aftermarket or discount brakes, the friction material is glued to the backing plate to save money, and shims are usually not included. This may mean uneven wear, or even cracks and breaks.

The friendly brake replacement team at Christian Brothers can explain the details. Call or come by a repair visit anytime!