Are Performance-Grade Brakes Worth It?

A good pair of brakes will last 30,000 and up to 50,000 miles. Alternatives for brake pads are organic, metallic or ceramic. These pads put pressure on the rotor on your wheel, forcing it and the vehicle itself to stop.

After your new vehicle has gone through its initial brake pads, it needs fresh ones. There’s also performance level to think about. Learn about your brake pad options below. The factors to consider are stopping power, fade resistance, noise, dust and wear.

First, consider materials. Generally speaking, the most expensive replacement pads are metallic or semi-metallic. A driver doesn’t need to stress about brake fade due to their heat resistance. Look for a lot of squeakiness and black dust on the rotor. At Christian Brothers of Monument, our talented team members don’t recommend semi-metallics for average cars.

Now for organics. The best for comfort, they’re at the bottom for stopping power.

The final top level option is replacement pads in ceramic. Asbestos brake pads are not made anymore. Ceramic pads are a good option for heat dissipation. They keep going a long time too. Plus, they aren’t dusty. Watch out for the hottest conditions, though.

You need to be familiar with how the brake pads are made. It’s the difference between pressure vs. glue. Original manufacturers mold the friction part of the pad and shim together at high pressure.

With cheap replacements, the friction plate is glued onto the backing plate, and shims are usually not included. This may lead to premature wear, or even fissures in the pad.

Our team would like to explain the details. Schedule a replacement job at your convenience.