Car Brake Pads
What are car brake pads?
A brake pad is a thin block, typically one of a pair, which presses on to the disc in a disc brake.
At e-CAR we only stock quality parts, and this is especially true when it comes to the brands of brake pads we use.
ATE offer a warranty against any manufacturing defect for the life of the product on provision that product is fitted to a properly maintained hydraulic brake system by a qualified technician, the pads/shoes are not fitted to discs/drums in poor condition and that the product is not used in an abnormal driving condition, for example, motor racing, overloading etc. At e-CAR we fit front and rear brake pads for all makes of vehicles.
Metallic Brake Pads
o Relatively speaking, they are less expensive than the comparable ceramic brake pads.
o They are more aggressive with better bite than ceramic brake pads.
o They are available in heavier duty towing formulations, for trucks and SUV’s.
o When coupled with Drilled and Slotted Rotors they help pull heat away from the center of the braking system
o Due to their formulation they tend to generate more black dust.
o They are more abrasive than ceramic and could possibly wear through your brakes faster.
o They can be louder than ceramic brake pads.
Ceramic Brake Pads
o They dissipate heat better for non-drilled and slotted brake rotors, which creates less brake fade.
o They tend to be quieter than metallic brake pads.
o They are less abrasive, and therefore and a little easier on brake rotors.
o The dust created is lighter in color, and gives the appearance of less dust.
o They are relatively more expensive than the comparable metallic brake pads.
o They are not as aggressive as metallic brake pads, and therefore have a lighter stopping power.
o They are not recommended for track driving or for use in heavier vehicles like SUV’s and trucks. Especially when used for towing purposes.
Please keep in mind that when changing any of your brake components:
- To check the functionality of all your braking components.
- Make sure the rotor is sitting flush on a clean hub surface.
- Check the pads to make sure they fit correctly in the caliper assembly.
- Make sure the caliper piston seal is pliable and not dried out.
- Check that the piston moves freely in the caliper assembly, and lubricate the slides/pins with brake lubricant.
Each e-CAR workshop has access through Diesel-Electric, to the technical backup and training of the major quality parts manufacturers in the South African motor industry. These include:
These pads use ceramic compounds and copper fibers in place of the semi-metallic pad’s steel fibers. This allows the ceramic pads to handle high brake temperatures with less heat fade, provide faster recovery after the stop, and generate less dust and wear on both the pads and rotors.