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 much improvement. Brake manufacturers compete for the consumer market, so … Read more

Brake Pad Friction Material: Organic vs Ceramic

Resources 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 … Read more

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 up to the 1970s and 1980s when the health hazards … Read more

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. This development addressed customer complaints about semi-metallic brake pads. These … Read more

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 much earlier, around the turn of the century. Brake Pads … Read more

Brake Pad Friction Material Types

Resources Brake pads are manufactured with different friction material compounds. Each compound has advantages and disadvantages. Understanding these differences can help you purchase the right brake pad compound for your driving conditions and style. Organic Brake Pads Organic brake pad materials do not use metal. This type of brake pad is very gentle to brake … Read more