The Ins and Outs of New Brake Pads

The excitement of summer driving is finally here, but getting in the driver’s seat and hitting the blacktop isn’t the only thing to think about. You could have to press the brakes before you even reach 5 mph. When the brakes need replacing, decide with care.

A great set of pads will last 30-50,000 miles. They wear out because the brake lining material, which can be made of metallic, organic or ceramic material, wears out every time you press the brakes. Pads put pressure on rotors, which stop the wheels from turning.

After any brand new car has gone through its first set of manufacturer pads, it needs fresh ones. In addition to your choices about what the pad is created from, you have options about the level of performance. Let’s talk about about your brake pad options below. Take into consideration stopping power, fade resistance, noise, dust and wear.

First, consider materials. Generally speaking, the most expensive brake pads are made of metallics. A driver doesn’t need to stress about fade resistance due to their heat resistance. These pads can be shrill and squeaky, and they put off a lot of black or dark gray dust. At Christian Brothers of Allen, our mechanics don’t recommend semi-metallics for average cars.

Organic brakes are the next big choice. Great for a quiet and clean ride, they’re at the low end for stopping power.

Ceramic pads are another choice. These are a top choice since asbestos brake pads were found out to be dangerous, and a fantastic alternative for most cars. Choose these pads for fade resistance and capability. They last for a long time as well. Furthermore, the dust they emit is not noticeable. But know that, in very high heat situations, ceramic pads can damage the rotors by transferring excessive heat.

You have the basics of how the brakes are made. The difference is in how the elements go together. Original manufacturers mold the pad material and shim together at high pressure.

With aftermarket or discount brakes, the friction piece is glued onto the backing plate, and shims are usually not included. You can get breaks, cracks, and uneven wear.

The Christian Brothers team would appreciate the chance explain the details. Come to the shop or set an appointment today!