Are Premium Brakes Worth the Money?

Often, a new set of brake pads in a regular car will be sufficient for between 25,000 & 50,000 miles. Choices for new pads are organic, metallic or ceramic. Pads push on rotors, which stop the wheels.

Once you have worn through the original brake pads (AKA the OEM pads), you will have to install a replacement. In addition to your choices of what the pad consists of, you have considerations about the level of performance. In this blog, we’ll talk about your brake pad repair options so you can stop when you want. Take into consideration stopping power, fade resistance, noise, dust and wear.

First, think about what it’s made of. In most cases, the priciest brake pads are semi-metallic. A driver doesn’t need to stress about brake fade because of their heat resistance. Cons are noise and dust. At Christian Brothers of Westfield, our mechanics don’t recommend semi-metallics for typical driving.

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

Next, ceramics. These are more common since asbestos pads were outlawed, and a fantastic alternative for most vehicles. They are excellent at dealing with a range of temps, meaning that they are as effective after long drives as when you install them. They also wear well, so you don’t have to replace them all the time. Furthermore, they aren’t dusty. They aren’t heat-resistant enough for racing though.

Next we can discuss how they’re constructed. The idea is in how the parts are made into a single part. Original manufacturers mold the friction part of the pad and shim together under intense pressure.

With cheap replacements, the friction plate is glued to the backing plate instead, and shims are rarely included. This could lead to uneven wear, or even fissures in the pad.

The right brake pads for your vehicle vary based on your car and how you use it, and Christian Brothers can help. Call or come by a time for repair anytime!