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What are the pros and cons of ceramic brake pads?

Ceramic brake pads are made from ceramic very similar to the type of ceramic used to make pottery and plates, but are denser and a lot more durable. Due to their cost, material quality, performance and high-end brand association, ceramic brake pads have quickly become the stock brake pad material of choice for many luxury vehicle brands including Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Lexus and Range Rover.They are often seen as the best brake pad material choice. 

ceramic brake pads have been consistently increasing in popularity for a number of reasons:

  • Noise level: Ceramic brake pads are very quiet, creating little-to-no extra sound when the brakes are applied.
  • Dust level: Compared to other material brake pads, ceramic brake pads tend to produce less dust and other particles over time as they wear down.
  • Temperature & Driving Conditions: Compared to organic brake pads, ceramic brake pads can be more reliable in a wider range of temperatures and driving conditions.
But, as with most things, ceramic brake pads do have some limitations. Primarily, their cost: due to higher manufacturing costs, ceramic brake pads tend to be the most expensive of all types of brake pad. Also, since both ceramic and copper can’t absorb as much heat as other types of materials, more of the heat generated by braking will pass through the brake pads and into the rest of the braking system. This can cause more wear and tear on other braking components. Lastly, ceramic brake pads aren’t considered the best choice for extreme driving conditions, such as very cold climates or racing conditions.

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