All About Brake Pads
Brake pads are what squeeze and connect the rotors to slow your car down and secure it when it stops. It’s the one part of the braking system that works the most, so it needs to be replaced often.
The pads are made from a flat piece of steel with a thick layer of friction material on one its sides. There are different types of brake pads, such as organic, semi-metallic, and ceramic. Each type has its own benefits, so you’ll need to figure out which one is right for you.
Organic brake pads are made from either glass, fiber, carbon, rubber, or Kevlar. They’re great for everyday driving, as they’re soft, quiet, and easy on the brake rotors. They can wear out more quickly and are really only good in places with a pretty even temperature range.
Semi-metallic pads have about 30-65% of metals like iron, copper, or steel in them. They’re very durable and can last longer than organic brake pads. However, they’re more expensive, can wear down the rotors quicker, and may not function well in very low temperatures.
Ceramic pads are made up primarily of ceramic fibers and other filler materials. They’re the most expensive type of brake pads. But, they’re very clean and produce little noise. Plus, they provide excellent braking and don’t cause much wear on the rotors.