Types of Brake Pads


The Brake pads are an essential part of your car's braking system. The Disc brakes depend on the brake pads, rotor, and caliper to work correctly. The brake pads are found in the caliper, and they are one of the parts that clamp down on the rotor. The brake pads wear out because of the friction put on the rotor when stopping the wheel.

There is more to learn about the brake pads, and the information below will be helpful;

Types of Brake Pads

There are different types of brake pads to choose from depending on the size and type of your car;

Semi-Metallic Brake Pads

The Semi-metallic brake pads are 30 to 65 percent metal; these brake pads are considered very durable. But they might not work efficiently in extremely low temperatures. The Semi-metallic pads are affordable and easier on the rotors than the ceramic brake pads. However, these brake pads are louder and do not last as long as the ceramics. Therefore, they are ideal for high-performance and race vehicles.

Ceramic Brake Pads

The ceramic brake pads are less expensive yet cleaner and release little noise than other materials. The ceramic brake pads are more long-lasting than the semi-metallic.

Low-Metallic, Non-Asbestos Organic (NAO)

The NAO brake pads are noisy, and they release dust. But the copper or steel used in NAO brake pads assists with heat transfer and breaking.

Non-Asbestos Organic

The Non-Asbestos organic brake pads are generally made from organic materials such as glass, Kevlar, rubber, fiber, and glass. These pads are relatively quiet, but they wear out faster and emit much dust.

Choosing the Brake Pads that Suit your Needs

Light Compact Cars

A light, compact car works well with organic brake pads. The organic brake pads are quiet, affordable, and have sufficient stopping power that matches your needs. But if you see much dust on the brake area while using these brake pads, it is advisable to try the ceramic brake pad.

Midsize Cars

The Midsize cars require a low-metallic NAO set of brake pads, and the midsize cars need the NAO brake pads' excellent stopping power. The low-metallic NAO brake pads are reasonably noisy. But you can change to the ceramic brake pads if the noise annoys you.

Sports Cars

If your car goes from 0 to 60 MPH in no moment, you must go from 60 to 0 in record time. Therefore, the semi-metallic brake pads are ideal for many sports cars. You only need high-quality brake pads when you have a sports vehicle.

Trucks and SUVs

Vans, SUVs, and trucks need heavy-duty brake pads as they are heavy and need excellent braking power. Therefore, you should use semi-metallic brake pads with high metal content if you use such vehicles. These brake pads may be slightly noisy, but you need them for your safety.

Getting Started

Appropriate brake pads are essential in ensuring you are safe while using your car. Therefore, it will help if you use suitable brake pads for your vehicle. If you need brake service, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Westside Car Care today!