Types Of Brake Pads Explained & How To Maintain Them

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle's braking system, one crucial component to consider is the brake pads. Brake pads are an essential part of the braking system that provides the necessary friction to slow down or stop your vehicle. 

There are different types of brake pads available in the market, each with its unique characteristics and performance. Continue reading to find out the various types of brake pads, their key differences, and how to generally maintain them!

Non-Metallic Brake Pads

Non-metallic brake pads, also known as organic or non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads, are made from a mixture of organic materials, such as rubber, glass, and resin. These pads are generally quiet and produce less brake dust. They are also gentle on the brake rotors, resulting in reduced wear.

Semi-Metallic Brake Pads

Semi-metallic brake pads are composed of a combination of organic materials and metal fibers, typically steel or copper. They offer improved braking performance and heat dissipation compared to non-metallic pads. However, they tend to produce more brake dust and can be noisier than non-metallic pads.

Ceramic Brake Pads

Ceramic brake pads are constructed using a mixture of ceramic compounds and copper fibers. Known for their superior performance and durability they offer excellent braking power, low noise levels, and minimal brake dust production. Ceramic brake pads also provide better heat resistance, making them suitable for high-performance and heavy-duty vehicles. Their drawback is that they are generally more expensive than other types of brake pads.

Low-Metallic NAO Brake Pads

Low-metallic NAO brake pads are similar to non-metallic pads but contain a small percentage of metal, typically steel or copper. Improved braking performance compared to non-metallic pads, making them a good choice for vehicles that require enhanced stopping power. They may produce more brake dust and generate increased noise levels compared to ceramic pads.

Looking For Tips To Maintain Your Brake Pads?

To ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your brake pads, consider the following maintenance tips which we recommend:

  • Regular Inspections: Periodically check the condition of your brake pads to look for signs of wear or damage.
  • Brake Pad Thickness: Measure the thickness of your brake pads to ensure they are within the manufacturer's recommended specifications.
  • Brake Fluid Flush: Regularly flush and replace your brake fluid to maintain proper braking performance.
  • Avoid Overheating: Minimize excessive braking or prolonged braking, as it can lead to brake pad overheating and premature wear.
  • Gentle Braking: Avoid aggressive braking whenever possible to reduce unnecessary wear on the brake pads.

Brake Pad Service And Maintenance At Carmasters Automotive

If your brake pads are worn-off, make sure you visit our shop! The team at Carmasters Automotive will be happy to help out with any brake system repairs or other vehicle-related maintenance procedures.

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