What Do Brake Pads Do?
They create the friction that is ultimately the resistance that slows and stops your vehicle's wheels and tires. For brake pads to work, your brake system must press a set of brake calipers to a corresponding set of brake rotors.
What are the Different Types of Brake Pads?
There are four main ones:
- Organic: reliable for everyday driving, not too hard on rotors, don't produce much brake dust, inexpensive. Most cars and SUVs use them.
- Ceramic: good in bad weather, brake dust isn't as sticky, relatively quiet. Many sports cars, performance SUVs, and trucks use them.
- Metallic: withstand both heat and brake fade, have a firmer feel. Many cars and SUVs use them.
- Carbon fiber: the most resilient, the best performers, very high temperature-tolerant, deliver the most stopping power. Some high-performance vehicles use them.
Unfortunately, none last forever.
When Do Brake Pads Need to Be Replaced?
About every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. However, keep an eye out for the signs your brakes may be going bad. Besides the obvious brake and ABS warning lights on your dash, they include:
- Damaged or degrading pad surfaces
- Whining noises when braking
- Longer slowdown and stop times
- Vibrating during braking
- Grinding noises
The last symptom usually means rotor warp and damage, likely due to your brake pads having completely worn out. If you need to buy new ones, be sure you buy genuine OEM: the brake pads your brand designs come guaranteed to fit your make and model. Our auto parts counter has the selection you've been looking for. Order your set online today!
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