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Brake Pad Friction Material: Organic vs Ceramic

The conversation continues about organic vs ceramic brake pads.  Which brake pad is better?  

Organic Brake Pads

Many new cars come with organic brake pads as original equipment today.

The benefits are many:

  • Organic Pads are quiet. They do not contain any metal to scrape against the brake rotors.
  • Organic Pads provide a comfortable braking experience. The pads are made from highly compacted carbon, Kevlar fibers, fiberglass, and other material. These materials are bound with resin making their operation smoother.
  • Organic pads do not create the brake dust which coats the wheels as other brake pads do.
  • They are easy on the brake rotors. With no metal parts, they don’t grind down the brake rotor surface.

But, there are drawbacks.

It’s common for drivers to replace the original brake pads sooner than expected. Because of the softer materials, the pads have a shorter life and must be replaced more often.

Ceramic Brake Pads

  • Ceramic brake pads combine the positive characteristics of organic pads but with a longer time between replacements.
  • Ceramic pads are quiet, like organic pads. These pads don’t have any metal to scrape against the rotors.
  • Ceramic pads provide a comfortable brake pedal feel.
  • While ceramic pads create brake dust, it is light-colored and does not show up on the wheels.
  • Ceramic pads do not wear out brake rotors because the brake pad friction material is softer than the rotor.
  • Ceramic pads are durable. They can last much longer in light and normal driving conditions compared with organic brake pads.

Given the same driving habits, ceramic brake pads are a better alternative, combining longer life, extending the time between brake pad replacements. These pads cost more than organic pads, but they can be less expensive overall due to their extended life.

So, in the organic vs ceramic brake pad battle, which do you prefer.  And which do you use in your passenger vehicle or truck?

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