Are Premium Replacement Brake Pads Worth It?

The excitement of summer driving is finally here, but sliding behind the wheel and hitting the pavement isn’t you’re only concern. You could need to apply the brakes right away. Don’t take brake replacement lightly.

Generally, a pair of brakes in a vehicle for everyday use will work for between 25,000 and about 50,000 miles. They wear out because the brake lining material, which can be made of ceramic, metallic or organic material, degrades every time you apply the brakes. Pads press on rotors, which halt the wheels from spinning.

Once you have made it through the brake pad that came with the original vehicle (AKA the OEM pads), you must find a replacement pair. You will also have options performance demands. Let’s talk about about your brake pad repair below. Take into consideration wear, dust, noise, fade resistance and stopping power.

First, consider materials. If you’re a racer, a semi-metallic options might be best. Their heat resistance also makes them best for braking for long periods, and they won’t fail even if you have to hold down the brakes for a long period. These pads can be bothersome from the get go due to noise, and they put off a lot of black or dark gray dust. At Christian Brothers of Houston, our mechanics don’t prefer these for typical driving.

Organic pads are the next big choice. Great for noise and dust control, they’re not the best for stopping power.

The most popular main option is replacement pads in ceramic. They are used instead of asbestos. These replacement pads are good for heat tolerance and fade resistance. They also wear well, so you will not have to have them replaced all the time. Beyond that, they aren’t dusty. They aren’t heat-resistant enough for the most aggressive driving though.

You also need to understand how the pads are made. The idea is in how the pieces fit into one piece. Your factory-installed brake pads were molded directly to the shim.

Aftermarket ones adhere with glue. This could mean premature wear, or even fissures in the pad.

Our team would love to explain more. Call or come by an appointment right away!