Ceramic brake pads are best for small cars, while semi-metallic brake pads are ideal for larger vehicles like sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The major differences between the two types are the amount of stopping power and the noise associated with braking. Some vehicles are only serviceable by ceramic or metallic brake pads depending on the size.Continue Reading
Ceramic brake pads are perfect for small vehicles and people who want silent running for their cars. These pads offer long-term wear and usage without creating as much squeaking but are susceptible to breaking on a much more regular basis than other materials. Ceramic brake pads are lightweight and therefore are perfect for racing and high-performance road vehicles.
Semi-metallic brakes are much bigger, louder and more cumbersome. They make a big statement on oversized wheels and encourage greater stopping power even in bad weather. The high metal content makes them susceptible to rusting and weathering that is not common with ceramic plates, but that wear and tear takes a long time accumulate in these kinds of pads. Semi-metallic brake pads are found on trucks, sport utility vehicles and all-terrain vehicles that are designed to take a beating and not become unusable due to damaged.Learn more about Brakes
A disc brake uses a set of calipers to press braking pads against a disc attached to the wheel. The friction from this contact slows the wheel and, by extension, slows the vehicle. Most cars have disc brakes attached to the front wheels and older drum brakes on the rear, while some have disc brakes on all four wheels for maximum control.Full Answer >
If the car is shuddering when the brakes are applied, the brake pads are warped and require replacement. Brake rotors are the braking surface on the wheel. When warped brake pads are compressed, they will not sit flush with the rotor which will cause the car to vibrate while the vehicle is stopping.Full Answer >
The most common reason for brake grinding noises is thin brake pads that press the pedal causing contact between the rotor and the metal backing plate of the pad. If the vehicle has brake shoes on the rear, a similar condition causes this metal-to-metal grating noise. CarsDirect notes that brake grinding is a serious problem that requires immediate attention.Full Answer >
Front and rear brake pads are available at NAPA Auto Parts; they are manufactured by Ignition Products Inc. and N2 LLC. The available brake pad product lines include Adaptive One Brake Pads, Altrom Imports, Balkamp, NAPA Proformer and NAPA Ultra Premium.Full Answer >