Top 3 Types of Brake Pads to Use on Your Car

If you need to have your brakes replaced, be aware that there is more than one type of brake pad that you can put on your vehicle. Make sure that you discuss with your mechanic what type of brake pad you want to put on your vehicle. Choose a brake pad that fits your needs and budget.

Ceramic Brakes

Ceramic brake pads tend to be on the more expensive side when it comes to brake pads. The primary material used to make ceramic brakes are small ceramic fibers, in addition to other filler material. Since ceramic fibers are the primary material used for these brakes, that is how they get their name.

Ceramic brake pads do not make very much noise and are great if you want really quiet brakes. Ceramic brake pads also reduce the wear on your brake rotors, allowing you to extend the life of not only your brake pads but your rots as well. Ceramic brake pads allow for clean and quiet braking.

Semi-Metallic Brake Pads

Semi-metallic brake pads fall right in the middle as far as affordability when it comes to break pads. About half of the material on semi-metallic brake pads comes from metal sources, such as copper and steel. The use of metal creates a very sturdy brake pad that lasts for a long time. However, semi-metallic brake pads can wear down your brake rotors at a faster rate, resulting in rotors that need to be replaced before the brake pads wear down.

Another downside to semi-metallic brake pads is that they don't provide for clean, quiet braking when it is really cold outside. Their quality is temperature dependent.

Organic Brake Pads

Organic brake pads are known under a few different names, including non-asbestos organic pads and NAO. Organic brake pads are primarily made out of material such as rubber, glass, and other small fibers.

Organic brake pads physical are made out of softer material in comparison to ceramic and semi-metallic brake pads. This soft material creates brakes that are very quiet and smooth. However, organic brake pads, due to their soft nature, tend to wear out really fast. They are more affordable than ceramic and semi-metallic brake pads, but also need to be replaced more often.

Talk to your mechanic to get a better idea of what type of brake pads came on your vehicle as well as what type of brake pads will work best with your vehicle. You want to put the best brake pads for your driving conditions on your vehicle, not just the most affordable brake pads. For more information, contact a company like George's Eastside Shell.