Brake pads are a consumable part of your car's braking system. They are essentially steel backing plates that have friction material bound to their surfaces.
What do brake pads do?
Brake pads are installed on a caliper, with their friction surfaces facing the brake disc. When you step on the brake pedal, the caliper squeezes the disc with the brake pads. This contact between the pads and the surface of the rotor generates the friction that is necessary to slow down and stop your vehicle.
How do you know when your brake pads need to be replaced?
The most common sign that your brake pads need to be replaced is a squealing or screeching sound made by the brakes. This sound is made by a thin piece of soft metal in the pad that rubs against the brake disc when the pad gets too thin. If you own a more expensive car, you probably have an electronic sensor that will tell you when you need to get new brake pads.
What type of brake pads to get for your car?
There are several kinds of brake pads available in the market today, with their biggest difference being the type of material that they are made of. The type of pads that you get will affect braking performance, brake pedal feel, and braking distances.
Before you choose brake pads, you should consider how you're going to use your car, the way that you drive, and the level of performance that you want to get out of your brakes.
If you simply want to recapture the old braking performance of your vehicle, then we recommend that you get the same type of pads that originally came with your car.
To minimize brake noise and prolong rotor life, non-asbestos organic pads are ideal.
For heavy-duty performance, such as track or road racing, we suggest that you get semi-metallic pads. They provide excellent braking performance, although they produce a significant amount of noise.
For better brake feel and shorter braking distances, we recommend that you go for ceramic brake pads. They are pricier, yes, but they are far more resistant to brake fade, they operate quietly, they consistently provide excellent brake feel, and they produce relatively light-colored brake dust that isn't as noticeable on your wheels.
What to look for in brake pads?
Always look for Brake Effectiveness Evaluation Procedures (BEEP) or Differential Effectiveness Analysis (D3EA) Certification when searching for brake pads.
We recommend that you get products only from trusted and established brands. You may pay a premium for these products, but at least you can be assured of excellent performance, quality, and durability.