With the number of different types of brake pads on the market it can be helpful to have a guide that explains the materials used. Each style has benefits and preferred applications. Regular duty cars and trucks do not need the same type of performance from brake pads as heavy duty vehicles require. Performance vehicles and European models also have unique needs in brake components.
Ceramic Brake Pads
These pads are made of ceramic materials. Ceramic provides a smoother, quieter stopping power. These pads are also not prone to creating dust, keeping the rotor and wheel cleaner. Less dust also means less rotor wear. Ceramic pads are excellent for handling a wide range braking temperatures and have less heat fade. The pads recover quickly after stopping.
Ceramic brake pads are designed to meet or exceed all OEM requirements for durability. While they often cost more than other premium pads, they also last longer and extend the life of the entire braking system.
** Ceramic Brake Pads We Carry
Semi-Metallic Brake Pads
Semi-metallic pads normally contain more than 30 percent steel or iron, by weight. Low-metallic has less than 30 percent metal by weight. Premium semi-metallic pads provide a greater resistance to temperature fade compared to Ceramic pads. However Semi metallic pads do create more dust than Ceramic pads.
** Semi-metallic Brake Pads
Extended Wear Brake Pads
Extended wear pads are manufactured to provide more than just long lasting pads, they are designed to also reduce wear on the rotor. These offer even wear and even friction performance. Extended wear pads are an excellent choice for fleet service vehicles and drivers that put extensive mileage on their vehicle every year. These pads do provide a quiet performance, but offer a moderate performance in braking. However, street performance extended wear versions are available.
** Extended Wear Brake Pads We Carry:
OEM Replacement Brake Pads
Pads designated as standard replacement are lower cost options that are designed to meet or exceed most OEM requirement. These pads are often referred to as organic or non-asbestos organic brake pads. Materials used in manufacturing vary but often include rubber, glass and resins. Some higher-grade organics include Kevlar. The materials do create moderate dust and wear out about the same as OEM pads.
** OE Replacement Brake Pads We Carry:
Street Performance Brake Pads
Pads designated as street performance are harmonically damped for maximum vibration and noise control. Backing plates are manufactured with steel and precision fit to further reduce vibration. Pads are designed to work with both slotted and standard rotors. Performance pads often use Performance Ceramic, Ferro-Carbon (all Hawk Performance Brake Pads) or Carbon Fiber; these materials will stand up to the high heat generated in aggressive driving.
** Street Performance Brake Pads
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Ferro-Carbon 2 Brake Pads
Ferro-carbon offers a step up from performance ceramic brake pads. These are included in the top end of high performance brakes and often used in aggressive street/ mild track use. Manufactured for severe-duty friction, Ferro-carbon provides between 20 to 40 percent more stopping power and a high resistance to brake fade. The pads also produce moderate dust. Proper break in is required for maximum performance with this type of pad.
Para-aramid Composites Brake Pads
These pads are positive molded to provide uniform density for uniform friction. Braking response is linear no matter what the brake temperature. Aramid fibers are a strong and heat-resistant synthetic material. The fiber stand up to temperatures up to 500 C. Para-aramid composites create little dust and contain no asbestos. The pads are scorched to improve cold braking effectiveness. They rate highly for noise reduction and pad life while offering extremely high resistance to heat fade.
No matter what type of brake pads you choose, the best braking results will come from matching materials on the front and rear brakes. However not vital, but a mismatch in the friction may create different braking performance results.