Are Performance-Grade Replacement Brake Pads Worth It?

Your replacement brake pads might last up to 50,000 miles. Choices for brake pads are organic, metallic or ceramic. This brake pad presses against the rotor, causing enough friction to stop the wheels.

After any brand new car has burned through its OEM brake pads, it needs fresh ones. You may also want to consider performance demands. But replacement brakes can be costly if you aren’t careful – read on to learn more. The factors to consider are livability issues like noise and dust plus stopping power.

First, think about what it’s made of. In most cases, the priciest brake pads are metallic or semi-metallic. Their ability to handle heat also makes them good for extensive use, and they won’t fail even if you ride the brakes for a long time. Watch out for a lot of noise and dustiness. At Christian Brothers of Cedar Park, our mechanics don’t recommend semi-metallics for typical driving.

Organic brake pads are the next category. The best for noise and dust control, they’re at the low end for stopping power.

The final primary option is replacement pads in ceramic. Asbestos brake pads are out. Ceramics are great for heat resistance and prolonged use. They don’t stop working quickly, either. Beyond that, their dust isn’t obvious. Watch out for the hottest conditions, though.

Now that we know the stuff inside, we can talk about their construction. The main differentiator between OEM brake pads and aftermarket ones is molding and pressure. For the first brake pads, the maker molds the friction material to the shim directly under intense pressure, meaning more consistency.

With aftermarket or discount brakes, the friction material is glued with the backing plate to save money, and shims aren’t usually included. You can get breaking, cracks, and brakes that wear out quickly.

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