Replacing your Car’s Brake Pads

Replacing your Car’s Brake Pads
November 17 17:57 2016 Print This Article

If it is time to replace your Brake Parts you should be acutely aware that there are actually three basic types of brake pad.  These are: organic, semi-metallic, and ceramic.  Obviously, they are different but they do share some similarities; and obviously, each have their own benefits.


Known in the industry as “NAO” (short for “non-asbestos organic”), these brake pads are developed as an alternative to the traditional asbestos pads, from yesteryear.  Non-Asbestos organic brake pads are made of several different fibers that are all held together by a simple binding resin.  The more common organic brake pads are made from carbon, glass, rubber, fiber, and Kevlar.  Most of the brake pads found on vehicles today—roughly 70 percent—are of the organic variety because they cost less.  They are also softer and quieter and bear less damage on the brake rotors.  However, organic brake pads also limit operating temperature, can wear out more quickly than other types, have higher compressibility, and can overheat more easily.Image result for Replacing your Car's Brake Pads


Semi-metallic brake pads are composed of between 30 and 65 percent metal (by weight).  These are commonly made out of steel, iron, or copper combined with various other fibers and materials.  For the most part, the industry regards these as the most versatile type of brake pad on the market; though they can be a little louder.  But that noise comes with the benefit of higher durability and better brake cooling efficiency.  


Finally, ceramic brake pads are the newest type of brake pad on the market (originally developed in the 1980s).  These are made out of dense ceramic materials, of course, though they are also embedded with copper fibers.  They are not used as often as the others because they produce more noise and more dust even though they wear less on rotors than semi-metallic pads do. This means they have a broader stable temperature range than the other types of brake pads and that means they last longer, too. However, it is important to note that these are generally the most expensive type of brake pad (which is extremely important to remember if you live in a colder region, as they do not perform well in lower temperatures).  

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