How to Select New Brake Pads

An optimal set of brake pads will last a year or so. They wear out because the friction lining, which can be made of ceramic, metallic or organic material, degrades every time you press the brakes. This brake pad presses against the rotor, causing friction and slowing, enough to stop your car.

After a car has burned through its first set of manufacturer pads, it needs replacement ones. You will also have options performance level. Learn about your brake pad options below. Take into consideration wear, dust, noise, fade resistance and stopping power.

First, consider materials. If you’re a fast driver or brake slammer, a semi-metallic pads might be ideal. Their heat-related capabilities also makes them good for extensive use, so they won’t fail even if you keep your foot on the pedal for a long period. Watch out for more than usual noise and black dust on the rotor. At Christian Brothers of North Port, our mechanics don’t say these are best for most vehicles.

Organic brake pads are the next big choice. Great for a quiet and clean ride, they’re at the bottom for stopping power.

Let’s get to ceramics. Asbestos brakes are not made anymore. They are excellent at handling a range of temps, so are as good after long drives as they are when you first put them on. They keep going a long time too. Furthermore, they aren’t dusty. But know that, in very high heat situations, ceramics can overheat rotors.

Now that you know the stuff inside, we can talk about their fabrication. The differentiation comes from how the pieces go into a single part. Original car makers mold the friction part of the pad and shim together under intense pressure.

With aftermarket or discount brakes, the friction piece is glued with the backing plate, and shims aren’t usually included. This could mean uneven wear, or even fissures in the pad.

The right brakes for your vehicle vary based on your kind of car and how you use it, and Christian Brothers can help you decide. Schedule a replacement job right away.