Whether you’re planning to replace your own brake pads to save money or you’re hiring a mechanic to do it for you, you want to make sure quality parts are used. The right brake pad will depend on the vehicle, as well as the driver, as different drivers will have unique expectations in terms of performance.
Unfortunately, many people take their brakes for granted. Your vehicle’s brakes are made up of many parts that work together to slow or stop your vehicle, and one of the most crucial components is the brake pad. Without the right brake pad, your stopping distance is restricted.
The Brake Pads
There are three basic types of brake pads you can buy: metallic, organic and ceramic. The metallic brake pad is by far the most common and it’s made from a unique blend of metals. These brake pads are usually the most affordable and can stop almost any type of vehicle, although they do wear down faster and they’re not the best choice for performance vehicles.
The organic brake pad may be made from glass, rubber of Kevlar and they tend to be softer and quieter than metallic brake pads. Because they are susceptible to wear, they’re best for small cars, as cars driven too fast or heavy vehicles will wear them down very quickly.
Finally, ceramic brake pads are the most expensive, but they’re very durable, lightweight and offer great performance. A ceramic brake pad is more of an investment, since they will last much longer than metallic brake pads but you’ll need to pay more up front.
Choosing the right brake pad comes down to cost, performance and durability, but you’ll also need to make sure you choose the right size for your vehicle. You may even need to make the choice between OEM and aftermarket brake pads, which often boils down to cost.
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