Brake Pads: Buying Guide and FAQs
What are They?
The textured surfaces atop the brake calipers in your vehicle's disc brake system.
What Do They Do?
Generate friction as the calipers contact the brake rotors, thereby producing the resistance that slows the vehicle's wheels down and stops its tires.
What Types are There?
Organic, ceramic, metallic/semi-metallic, and carbon fiber.
Organic brake pads are for everyday driving. They're not only dependable and relatively easy on rotors but also inexpensive. Plus, they don't produce much dust. Ceramic brake pads are made for all kinds of weather, being ruggeder. Moreover, they're quieter, and their dust doesn't stick to wheels as badly.
Metallic/semi-metallic brake pads work better at high heat, they stand up to brake fade, and overall, they feel firmer than other kinds. Carbon fiber brake pads deliver the ultimate in stopping power, being the ideal combo of resilient and superior at high temperatures.
When Do You Change Them?
Every 40,000 to 50,000m miles, most often. However, it depends on how you drive and where.
What are the Signs They May be Going Bad?
Look for warning lights on the dashboard, damaged and/or worn-out pads, whiny or vibrating brakes, and warped and/or damaged rotors. You may also notice that it's taking longer to slow down and stop. One of the worst indicators, however, is grinding noises.
Why Buy Genuine OEM Brake Pads?
They're designed compatible with your make and model, guaranteed. You may not get the same assurances from aftermarket parts.
Where Can I Order Brake Pads for My Subaru or Volkswagen?
Right here at our auto parts store. To find what you need more easily, browse our online catalog by brand, model, and model year. Buy now, and we'll ship ASAP, delivering straight to your address in no time.
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