Replacement Brake Pads for the Average Car

It’s hot and sunny, and time to find the open road, but don’t press the right pedal without checking the left. You could need to push the brakes before you even consider the gas. If yours are due for repair or replacement, you could have some things to consider.

A great pair of pads will last 30-50,000 miles. The most popular pad manufacturers use organic, metallic or ceramic material to create the replacement brake pads. Pads put pressure on rotors, which halt the wheels from spinning.

Once you have ground through the brake pad that came with the original vehicle (often referred to as OEM pads), you need to choose a new set. In addition to your options of what the pad consists of, you have considerations about the level of performance. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss your brake pad repair options so you can stop in time, every time. You can think about livability issues like noise and dust plus stopping power.

First, consider what it’s made of. You can select replacement pads of semi-metallic material for high-performance needs. They can handle a lot of heat, so make for the best fade resistance. Look for more than usual noise and dust. At Christian Brothers of Loveland, our mechanics don’t recommend semi-metallics for typical driving.

Now for brake pads made of organic material. These are quiet and clean, but they don’t stop rotors too quickly.

Ceramic pads are next on the docket. They have replaced asbestos pads. Choose these pads for fade resistance and capability. They don’t stop working too fast, either. Beyond that, their dust isn’t obvious. But know that, in very high heat situations, ceramic replacement pads can seep too much heat to rotors.

Now that we know the materials that make up brake pads, we can discuss their construction. The main difference between OEM brake pads and aftermarket models is molding vs. glue. Original car makers mold the friction part of the pad and shim together at high pressure.

Aftermarket varieties use glue instead. You can get breaks, cracking, and brakes that wear out quickly.

The right brakes for you differ based on your kind of car and how you drive, and Christian Brothers can tell you more. Schedule an appointment right away.