The disc brake system in your SUV, car, van, or pickup is responsible for stopping your vehicle when and where you want. For you, it’s simple. You press the sole of your foot against the brake pedal, and the rotation of your wheels begins to slow. Apply enough pressure, or push firmly enough, and you completely stop.
How it works behind the scenes, however, is slightly more involved. Your actions tell the master brake cylinder to send brake fluid to pistons that force the brake calipers to clamp against the brake rotors. That creates the resistance that slows your vehicle. Brake pads cushion that contact to prevent metal-on-metal damage.
The Four Types of Brake Pads
Organic brake pads. These are for everyday driving. They're affordable, aren't hard on rotors, and create very little dust.
Ceramic brake pads. These last longer than the organic kind and work well in all kinds of temperatures. They create very little noise, and their dust is less likely to stick to the wheels.
Metallic brake pads. These are stellar in high heat, deliver a firmer feel when braking, and resist fading.
Lastly, you have carbon fiber brake pads. They’re exceptionally rugged, work exceedingly well at higher temperatures, and deliver maximum stopping power.
How to Spot Failing Brake Pads
Even the best brake pads can eventually go bad, due to the heat and pressure generated when you brake. Signs of problems include:
- Loud, strange noises when you brake
- Needing more time and space to stop
- A bouncing or vibrating brake pedal
Genuine OEM Brake Pads Perform Best
When you do replace your brake pads, make sure to do so in pairs – either front or rear. That ensures consistent braking performance. Buying the brake pads that your manufacturer makes ensures compatibility with your model, since they were designed for that very purpose. Find yours in our online auto parts catalog. Buy today, sit back, relax, and let us ship your order directly to your front door.
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