Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
How does one choose which type of brake pad to install in a vehicle?
Answer: The large selection of brake pad brands can be confusing even to the most seasoned drivers. The type of brake pad to use on a vehicle depends on how they are going to be used. Compact cars can get a decent amount of braking power with low-metallic non-asbestos organic brake pads. On the other hand, trucks and SUVs would benefit greatly from semi-metallic brake pads, which offers additional road grip. Expensive replacement brake pads are not necessarily the best. Even a low-priced one, if certified safe, can offer superior stopping performance and safety on the road. If a vehicle were used for everything driving only, and not for racing applications, non-asbestos organic brake pads would be ideal. These do not create a lot of noise like other brake pads do, but they tend to wear out easily.
What type of racing brake pads and brake discs are available for a Nissan Altima?
Answer: Taking an Altima to racecar status requires installation of hardwearing brake pads that will allow excellent stopping power on the road. For this purpose, semi-metallic brake pads would be a great option. These are made from 30 to 60 percent metal, which allows efficient heat transfer. However, this type of brake pads can wear down the rotor faster and can create a lot of noise, but if performance is the priority, then the semi-metallic ones would be sufficient. When it comes to brake discs, look for one that has a cross-drilled and slotted design for increased cooling. Heat can wear down a lot of braking system parts faster, so look for disc brakes that offer temperature stability.
How much does a Nissan Altima brake disc and pad kit cost?
Answer: Depending on the store and brand, the kit should cost about $150 to $300. The kit usually includes a pair of brake discs and four brake pads. Replacing the old parts without a mechanic's help is more cost effective since there is no more need to pay for labor.