Are Premium Brake Pads Worth It?

An optimal pair of pads will last 30-50,000 miles. They wear out because the friction, which can be made of organic, metallic or ceramic material, wears out every time you use the brakes. Pads press on rotors, which stop the wheels from turning.

After any brand new car has ground through its OEM brake pads, it needs new ones. There’s also the matter of performance level to take into account. But replacement brakes can be complicated and pricey – read on to discover the truth. You can think about livability issues like noise and dust plus stopping power.

First, consider materials. Generally speaking, the priciest replacement pads are made of metallics. They can handle a lot of heat, so have excellent fade resistance. The negative sides of semi-metallics are a lot of dust residue plus squeakiness. At Christian Brothers of Land O\’ Lakes, our mechanics don’t prefer these for typical driving.

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

Ceramics are next up. They are the best asbestos alternative. Choose ceramic pads for fade resistance and capability. They don’t wear away quickly, either. Beyond that, their dust isn’t obvious. Watch out for the hottest conditions, though.

Let’s get into how they’re constructed. The difference is in how the parts go into a single part. For the manufacturer-installed brake pads, the maker molds the friction material to the shim directly with strong pressure, lending more consistency.

Aftermarket varieties adhere with glue. You can get breaking, cracks, and brakes that wear out quickly.

Our team would love to explain all the ins and outs. Set up a visit right away.