The Difference in Brake Pads

Your new brakes could function for as long as 50,000 miles. They wear out because the friction, which can be made of metallic, organic or ceramic material, wears off ever so slightly every time you press the brakes. Pads press on rotors, which halt the wheels.

After any brand new car has ground through its initial brake pads, it needs replacement ones. There’s also performance capacity to think about. In this article, we’ll discuss your brake pad replacement options so you can stop on a dime. The factors to consider are wear, dust, noise, fade resistance and stopping power.

First, consider what it’s made of. If you’re a person who drives fast, races, or hauls often, a semi-metallic alternatives might be best. You don’t have to worry much about brake fade due to their ability to handle heat. The negative sides of semi-metallics are noise and dust. At Christian Brothers of Midland, our mechanics don’t say these are best for most vehicles.

Organic brake pads are the next big choice. These are the quietest and least dusty pads available, but they are the worst at actual oomph.

Ceramics are next on the docket. Asbestos brakes are out. Ceramic pads are a good option for heat resistance and prolonged use. They also last for a long time, so you won’t have to have them replaced too often. Plus, their dust isn’t obvious. They are not made for top performance though.

Now for how they’re built. The main thing between OEM brakes and aftermarket models is molding and pressure. For the first brakes, the maker molds the ceramic, metallic or organic to the shim directly at high pressure, making for more consistency.

Cheaper ones adhere with glue. You can get breaking, cracking, and brakes that wear out quickly.

The Christian Brothers team would love to explain all the ins and outs. Come to the shop or set a repair visit anytime!