The Options in New Brake Pads

It’s time to bring out the convertibles, but don’t press the right pedal unless you’re sure the left one’s working. You could need to apply the brakes before you even consider the gas. Be sure you get it right if it’s time for brake repair or replacement.

Your replacement brake pads may function for as long as 50,000 miles. Choices for brake pad liner material are ceramic, metallic or organic. Pads press on rotors, which prevent the wheels from turning.

Once you have worn through the manufacturer-installed brake pads (AKA the OEM pads), you must find a new set. In addition to your alternatives regarding what the pad is made of, you have considerations about the level of performance. But replacement brakes can be costly if you aren’t careful – read on to discover the truth. You can think about stopping power, fade resistance, noise, dust and wear.

First, think about what it’s made of. Generally speaking, the most expensive replacement pads are metallic or semi-metallic. Their heat-related capabilities also makes them best for extensive use, meaning they won’t give out even if you have to hold down the brakes for a long period. You will notice more than usual unwanted sound and dustiness. At Christian Brothers of Tomball, our mechanics don’t prefer these for typical driving.

Now for brake pads made of organic material. These are the quietest and least dusty pads available, but they can’t stop the wheels’ turning too fast.

Let’s get to ceramic pads. These will be more common since asbestos brakes were phased out for health reasons, and a fantastic alternative for most vehicles. Choose them for power over time. They provide stopping friction a long time too. Plus, the dust they put off is minimal. But know that, in very high heat situations, ceramics can seep too much heat to rotors.

Now that we know the contents, we can discuss their fabrication. The main differentiator between OEM pads and aftermarket models is molding and pressure. Your factory-installed brake pads were molded right with the shim at intense pressures.

With aftermarket or discount brakes, the friction material is glued with the backing plate instead, and shims are usually not included. You could notice inconsistency.

The right replacement brakes for your car differ based on your kind of car and how you drive, and Christian Brothers can help. Schedule an appointment at your convenience.