All About Brake Pads

Which Type Of Brake Pads Do You Need? Discover the best brake pads for your vehicle.

Some signs that you need to have your brakes checked include squeaking or squealing sounds when braking, the vehicle pulling to the side when braking, the brakes grabbing or vibrating, and the brake pedal feeling easier to push. At your next Brake Masters® brake check, talk with your mechanic about the four main types of brake pads to choose from and which would be best for your car.

Ceramic brake pads are mainly composed of ceramic fibers. They are usually lighter in color from other brake pads. Ceramic brake pads are more expensive but they are cleaner, quieter, and brake better without wearing down the rotors on your car.

Semi-metallic brake pads are 30-65% metal including steel wool, iron powder, and graphite or copper with inorganic fillers. These pads do very well with heat transfer and are also very durable. The downfall to these brake pads are they may not perform as well in colder temperatures, can be a bit noisy, and are not as easy on your rotors.

Non-asbestos organic brake pads are made from fibers like glass, carbons, Kevlar and rubber with filler materials and resins. These pads are quiet and quite soft, but they do not last very long and produce a lot more dust.

The last type of brake pad is the low metallic non-asbestos organic brake pad. These are made from an organic formula with copper or steel which helps with better heat transfer and braking. Because of the added metal they can be a bit noisier and produce more dust.

If you are not sure that you need new brake pads, stop by a Brake Masters location and let us check it for you!