Are Performance-Grade Replacement Brake Pads a Good Idea?

Usually, a new set of brake pads in a vehicle for everyday use will work for between 25,000 and about 50,000 miles. They wear out because the brake lining material, which can be made of ceramic, metallic or organic material, wears out every time you press the brakes. Pads push on rotors, which halt the wheels from turning.

After any brand new car has burned through its OEM brake pads, it needs replacement ones. In addition to your alternatives of what the pad is created from, you have choices about the level of performance. In today’s blog, we’ll go over your brake pad replacement options so you can stop in time, every time. Take into consideration livability issues like noise and dust plus stopping power.

First, think about what it’s made of. If you’re a racer, a semi-metallic alternatives might be the way to go. A driver doesn’t have to worry much about brake fade relative to their high heat tolerance. Look for more than usual squeakiness and dustiness. At Christian Brothers of Richmond, our mechanics don’t say these are best for most vehicles.

Organic brakes are the next category. These are the quietest and least dusty pads available, but the upsides come at the cost of quick stops.

Ceramics are next up. These are more common since asbestos brakes were found out to be dangerous, and a great option for most cars. Ceramics are a good option for heat dissipation. They keep going for a long time as well. Plus, the dust they emit is a barely noticeable light gray. But know that, in very high heat situations, ceramic replacement pads can overheat rotors.

You also need to understand how the brakes are created. The difference is in how the elements are made into one piece. Your car’s first brakes were molded right with the shim under high pressure.

Cheaper types adhere with glue. You might notice cracks, breaks and early wear.

The friendly mechanics at Christian Brothers can tell you more. Schedule an appointment at your convenience.