May. 21, 21
Ceramic Brakes Pads And Semi-Metallic Brake Pads
If your car is screeching at you every time you pull up to a stoplight or a brake pad warning light is sending you a signal, you can be sure that your suspicion has been confirmed: it is time to replace the brake pads.
The brake is the most important safety feature on the vehicle. When pressure is applied to the rotor, the brake pads are the source of friction. The friction material on your brake pads is sacrificed; it is designed to wear so as to cause as little damage as possible to the brake rotor. Just like your engine needs regular oil changes, you also need to replace your brake pads when they are no longer useful.
In the early days, brake pads were made of asbestos because of their durability, heat resistance, and low cost. But once people discovered that asbestos can also bring health and environmental problems, new friction materials have been developed, each with its own set of characteristics.
When it comes to choosing which brake pads are right for your car, you have several different options to suit your driving style and the needs of your car. One option is to simply use the same type of backing board from the factory, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) pads. You can also choose to upgrade to high-quality after-sales replacement products, the most common of which are ceramic and semi-metal brake pads.
There is no perfect brake pad that can adapt to all situations. The function of brake pads is a trade-off between several characteristics:
Wear of the brake system
A lot of messy brake dust
The choice depends on your personal preferences and your vehicle requirements. For example, pulling a heavy trailer, speeding on a track, or commuting around town, each puts forward different requirements and may lead to different brake pad choices, next time you put your car in brake service. Likewise, if you like smooth and quiet driving, you may make a different choice if you tend to break hard.
By comparison, ceramic brake pads are usually your most expensive option to replace brake pads. The ceramic pad is made of a mixture of ceramic material and copper fiber and is designed to make the driver feel comfortable. They have the least noise, generate little messy brake dust, and are stable over a wide temperature range. And they last the longest. In an extremely cold environment, their performance is not as good as other cushions, and they are not suitable for performance use. But ceramic brake pads are quiet, comfortable, and durable, making them very suitable for daily driving.
Ceramics stand out in the comfort zone, while semi-metals are made for performance. They are made with a high proportion of steel, iron, copper, and other metals to increase their stopping power. Semi-metal brake pads are also more durable and heat-resistant than other brake pads and have the widest operating temperature range among the three types of brake pads. Their life is not as long as ceramics, but longer than the life of organic gaskets. Unfortunately, they generate quite a bit of brake dust and are more aggressive towards other brake system components, especially your brake rotors. They are also louder and scream more easily than other cushions. However, semi-metal brake pads are good all-around brake pads, especially when you need to tow heavy cargo, pull heavy trailers, slam on the brakes, or race on the track.
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