In Tampa, thousands of cars are driving all over the place. All cars require brakes to stop. Do all people get that the brake pads stopping our vehicles are critically important? Thankfully, brake pad manufacturers have been researching many different types of brake pad materials prior to manufacturing the brake pads. Although, with so many manufacturers producing brake pads, it can be quite difficult to choose which brake pads are best suited for our types of vehicle. Even OEM brake pads are manufactured by the same brake pad manufacturers selling the aftermarket pads, but these brake pad manufacturers are not all the same in quality. Below, we will take a look at some common brake pad materials that are commonly used to see what they have in common to help stop your vehicle and keeping the customers safe and happy.

Ceramic Pads:

Ceramic pads were created with a unique blend of porcelain, clay and copper fibers imbedded into the pad compound. Many of the current manufacturers incorporate these ceramic pads on their new vehicles. Ceramic pads have a great heat exchange property and keep residue low over time. Look at a few points below as we give you a breakdown of the ceramic brake pads:


Advantages of Ceramic Pads:

  • These pads are quieter than semi-metallic pads
  • Ceramic materials have less dust, thus keeping your rims cleaner
  • Ceramic pads have an overall longer life over semi-metallics and organics

Disadvantages of Ceramic Pads:

  • These pads are not recommended for racing or heavy-duty towing
  • They typically cost more expensive than semi-metallic pads
  • Ceramic pads can warp brake rotors easier than semi-metallics and organics

Semi-Metallic Pads:

These brake pads have been around quite some time. Semi-metalic pads are made with a combination of synthetic materials and metal fibers as a formula used in the brake pad compound. The higher quality semi metallic pads use fine metallic fibers, while cheaper pads will have larger, more coarse metallic portions of metal imbedded into the compound. Look at a few points below as we give you a breakdown of semi-metallic brake pads:


Advantages of Semi-Metallic Pads:

  • These semi-metallic pads work great in cold weather or cold climates
  • Semi-metallic pads are used commonly for race tracks and heavy-duty towing applications
  • These pads are relatively less expensive than most ceramic pads

Semi-metallic pads don’t heat up rotors as much as ceramics

Disadvantages of Semi-Metallic Pads:

  • Semi-metallics squeak thus are louder than ceramic pads
  • These pads generate a lot of brake dust that get all over the rims
  • Semi-metallic pads don’t last as long as ceramic pads

Organic Pads:

Organic pads are made of organic materials. These pads are more like alternative pads and are not commonly used on today’s cars. These pads used asbestos for many years in the past. Alternative heat resistant equivalents are currently used in the pad formulas. Look at a few points below as we give you a breakdown of organic brake pads:


Advantages of Organic Pads:

  • These pads pollute the environment the least
  • They are the quietest brake pads
  • Organic pads are typically the cheapest pads

Disadvantages of Organic Pads:

  • Organic pads do not last like ceramic or semi-metallic pads
  • These pads are not recommended for racing or heavy-duty towing
  • They are just not durable brake pads

Brake repairs should not have to be frequent types of repairs. Our shops in Tampa see the frequency of brake repairs on our regular customer’s cars to be minimal typically. By primarily using ceramic pads or OEM recommended pads, our brake jobs have the best overall lives than other shops that choose cheaper brake pads. Would you rather pay to do the job right or pay more doing the job over and over again?

By Guy’s Automotive
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