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Brake Pads: Material

Brake Pads: Material


What material makes up your car’s brake pads?  Why are your front tires so black and not your rear tires?  Is all brake pad material equally safe?  

Learn the array of different materials used for brake pads.  

Brake Pad Friction Material: Semi-Metallic

Resources Semi-metallic brake pads are the sweet spot for vehicles of all sizes and types, including high-performance vehicles and race cars. These pads have the broadest range of practical use at an affordable price. Available in the market since the 1980s, semi-metallic pads have seen

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Brake Pad Friction Material: Organic

Resources Vehicle manufacturers use different brake pad friction materials in manufacturing brake pads. Here’s a look at organic material brake pads. Organic material brake pads are the quietest and least expensive. These brake pads contain no metal or ceramic materials. Asbestos brake pads were used

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Brake Pad Friction Material: Ceramic

Resources Understanding the advantages of various friction materials allows you to choose the right material for your vehicle’s brakes. The use of clay and porcelain for brake pad friction material is recent. The innovation of combining ceramics bound to copper flakes happened in the 1980s.

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Vehicle Brake Pads History

Resources For car and history buffs alike, the history of brake pads is fascinating. Here’s a short look at some interesting highlights. American vehicle manufacturers did not start using front wheel disk brake systems with brake pads until the 1970s. But, brake pads were developed

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