Brakes are one of the most important safety features that your vehicle is equipped with. In most automobiles, there are four basic types of brakes including; service brakes, anti-lock brakes, emergency brakes and parking brakes.
Service Brakes are the system that is designed to slow down the vehicle and bring it to a stop. Service brakes usually consist of disc brakes, drum brakes or a combination of both and are operated by hydraulic pressure.
Ceramic brake pads are the ultimate in brake pads. They are the most expensive types of brake pads available, but they also last longer than any other type. The ceramic compound that these brake pads are made of is great for absorbing the heat that results from any type of continuous and hard braking. They work efficiently whether your brakes are warm or cold and create very little dust. They are made with small amounts of copper and clay, which is molded into the compound to make for a strong and long-lasting brake pad.
Semi-metallic brake pads are found in the majority of vehicles sold today. Made with a metallic hybrid compound and an organic resin seal they are then molded into various shapes and baked in a furnace to harden them. Semi-metallic brake pads are very durable, as well as heat-resistant and resistant to wear. However, because these pads have a lower friction coefficient when it comes to lower temperatures, they may need a little more pedal power when the brakes are cold and can be noisier to operate. These types of brake pads are great for a majority of vehicles because they are sturdy, well-made, and diverse brake pads.
Low-metallic brake pads have excellent heat-transfer capabilities but they tend to be quite noisy and release a lot of brake dust. They are organic in nature and offer good braking capabilities. Low-metallic brake pads are good when it comes to braking and the materials that they are made of are completely organic.
Non-metallic brake pads are the softest type of pads, being made of various rubbers, resins, and glasses, along with a small number of metal fibers. Because they are soft, non-metallic brake pads are not the top choice for people who drive a great deal or put their vehicles through a lot each and every day. Regular organic pads cause a lot of dust to cover components located near the brakes, along with other materials that are thought to be toxic to humans, which is one of the many reasons that the non-metallic brake pads were developed. If you choose an alternative, the price may be a bit higher, but they will last you much longer than regular non-metallic brake pads.
Non-asbestos organic brake pads are made of materials such as high-temperature resins, fibers, and fillers. They are softer and quieter than the semi-metallic type of brake pad but they create more dust in the long run. NAO brake pads deteriorate rather quickly so if you do a lot of driving, you should either purchase the metal-type brake pads or be prepared to change your non-asbestos organic ones frequently.