The excitement of summer drives is finally here, but getting in the driver’s seat and hitting the blacktop isn’t all you have to think about. You could need to press the brakes before you even consider the gas. Make sure you get it right if it’s time for brake replacement or repair.
Generally, a pair of pads in a commuter vehicle will work for between 25,000 and about 50,000 miles. The biggest pad makers use organic, metallic or ceramic material to make the replacement pads. The brake pads squeeze the rotor on your wheel, making it stop.
Once you have worn through the manufacturer-installed brake pads (known as OEM pads), you will have to install a replacement pair. In addition to your alternatives regarding what the pad is made of, you have considerations about the level of performance. In this blog, we’ll go over your brake pad repair options so you can stop when you want. You can think about wear, dust, noise, fade resistance and stopping power.
First, think about what it’s made of. You can opt for replacement pads of semi-metallic material for high-performance needs. You don’t have to worry much about fade resistance relative to their heat resistance. Look for a lot of unwanted sound and dust. At Christian Brothers of Billings, our talented team members don’t prefer these for most vehicles.
Organic pads are the next big choice. These are quietest and cleanest on the brake market, but your benefits with comfort mean you don’t have as much stopping power.
The final primary category is ceramics. Asbestos pads are now illegal. Choose them for stopping power and heat tolerance. They also have a long life, so you will not have to replace them too often. Furthermore, their dust isn’t obvious. They aren’t heat-resistant enough for top performance though.
Now that we know the contents, we can go over their construction process. It’s a difference of pressure vs. glue. Your car’s first brakes were molded directly to the shim at intense pressures.
Discount varieties just use glue. You could see cracks, breaks and early wear.
The friendly mechanics at Christian Brothers can explain the details. We encourage you to give us a call.