Are Performance-Grade Replacement Brakes a Good Idea?

The excitement of summer road trips is finally here, but getting in the driver’s seat and hitting the blacktop isn’t all you have to think about. You could have to apply the brakes before you even consider the gas. When the brakes need replacing, select carefully.

Your brakes may last up to 50,000 miles. They wear out because the friction, which can be made of organic, metallic or ceramic material, degrades every time you apply the brakes. Pads press on rotors, which halt the wheels from spinning.

After any brand new car has burned through its first set of manufacturer pads, it needs fresh ones. In addition to your options regarding what the pad is created from, you have choices about the level of performance. But replacement brakes can be complicated and pricey – read on to learn more. You can think about wear, dust, noise, fade resistance and stopping power.

First, think about what it’s made of. You can choose semi-metallic pads for extreme conditions. You don’t need to stress about fade resistance relative to their high heat tolerance. Look for more than usual squeakiness and dust. At Christian Brothers of Flower Mound, our talented team members don’t recommend semi-metallics for average cars.

Next, let’s go over organic brake pads. Great for noise and dust control, they’re at the low end for stopping power.

The last top level grouping is ceramic pads. Asbestos brake pads are out. They are good at coping with a wide range of temperatures, so are as good after long drives as when you install them. They provide stopping friction for a long time as well. Beyond that, their dust isn’t obvious. But know that, in super hot conditions, ceramics can damage the rotors by transferring excessive heat.

Now that you know the stuff inside, we can discuss their fabrication. The main thing between auto manufacturer brake pads and aftermarket varieties is glue vs. molding. Original auto factories mold the friction material and shim together using high pressure.

Discount varieties adhere with glue. You may be able to have cracks, breaks and early wear.

Our team would like to explain all the ins and outs. Call for a visit right away.