Brake pads are an essential part of your vehicle's brakes, along with the brake calipers and brake rotors. The pads cushion the calipers as they clamp down on the rotors to produce the resistance that slows your wheels and eventually stops your tires.
Types of Brake Pads
There are four kinds of brake pads, but two are most common. Organic brake pads are found on most cars and SUVs. They're ideal for everyday driving, since they're easy on the rotors and not too expensive. Many trucks use metallic brake pads, which have a firmer feel and are more resistant to heat. Trucks are also often equipped with ceramic brake pads, which are more trustworthy in wet conditions. Finally, high-performance vehicles depend on carbon fiber brake pads, since they're tougher and temperature resistant.
Signs of Failing Brake Pads
Brake pads typically offer 64,300 to 80,400 kilometers of service before they need to be replaced. If you notice any of the following signs, check yours to see if they need changing:
- A vibrating or bouncing brake pedal
- Taking more time and distance to stop
- Squeaking, squealing, or grinding noises when you brake
- Your brake warning dash light comes on
When you do need to replace your brake pads, make sure to do so in pairs either front or rear. That ensures consistent performance. You also want to be sure to choose the ones made by your OEM. They are, after all, the only ones guaranteed to be compatible with your make and model. Our auto parts department has a great selection in stock and ready to ship. Order yours today!
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