The Options in Replacement Brakes

The excitement of summer drives is finally here, but sliding behind the wheel and hitting the blacktop isn’t the only thing to think about. You might have to think about brakes in a few seconds. Be confident you make the right brake choices if it’s time for brake repair or replacement.

Often, a new set of brake pads in a commuter vehicle will be sufficient for between 25,000 & 50,000 miles. Choices for brake pads are ceramic, metallic or organic. Pads put pressure on rotors, which stop the wheels from spinning.

After your new vehicle has gone through its OEM brake pads, it needs new ones. In addition to your choices regarding what the pad is made of, you have options about the level of performance. Learn about your brake pad repair below. Take into consideration livability issues like noise and dust plus stopping power.

First, think about what it’s made of. If you’re a fast driver or brake slammer, a semi-metallic pads might be best. They are good with heat, so provide the best fade resistance. These pads can be bothersome from the get go due to noise, and they cause dusty rotors. At Christian Brothers of Woodstock, our skilled technicians don’t say these are best for average cars.

Organic brakes are the next main option. These are quietest and cleanest on the brake market, but they are not great at actual oomph.

The most popular top level option is replacement pads in ceramic. Asbestos brake pads are not made anymore. They are good at dealing with a range of temps, meaning that they are as effective after long drives as when you start with them. They also wear well, so you will not have to have them replaced all the time. Plus, they aren’t dusty. They are not good enough for top performance though.

You need to be familiar with how the brakes are created. The differentiation comes from how the elements are made into a single part. Original car makers mold the friction material and shim together at high pressure.

With aftermarket or discount brakes, the friction plate is glued onto the backing plate instead, and shims are usually not included. You might see inconsistency.

The friendly mechanics at Christian Brothers can explain the details. Call for a replacement job today.