Like most of the components on your car, there's a straight line between the cost of brake pads and their quality. Yes, you can get budget brake pads, but will they deliver the kind of performance and lifespan that you need? Let's take a look the various brake pads on the market.
Ceramic Brake Pads
Ceramic brake pads were introduced in the 1980s and have gained popularity since then. They're composed of a material that's very similar to the ceramic in cookware or dishes, only denser and shot through with copper fibers to help conduct and disperse heat. Ceramic brake pad material is a softer material which is easier on the rotor, helps with longer service life, less noise and less dust.
Semi-Metallic Brake Pads
Semi-metallic brake pads offer great performance. Their friction material consists of a mix of metals, including iron, steel and alloys, held together with a binder and a small amount of graphite lubricant. Semi-metallic Carquest brake pads are available in Standard, Premium Gold and Professional Platinum. The semi-metallic friction is preferred for vehicles that do a lot of heavy towing.
So now, the important question: is one kind of brake pad better than another?
Short answer: yes. We'll break it down by looking at a few examples.
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