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Auto Repair: All You Need To Know For New Brake Pads

New Brake Pads

Garden Grove New Brake Pads

One of the most important components of any vehicle are the brakes, particularly, getting new brake pads. These are the crucial component that makes your vehicle stop when necessary. They are also one of the components that wear out over time that if ignored can be a huge safety risk. Because we all know what it means if you can’t stop when you need to. The reason that they wear out is due to the fact that they use friction to help you stop and eventually that friction takes a toll on the brake pads that are made up of materials designed to slow your vehicle without destroying the brake pad and brake disc when contact is made. Over the years auto manufacturers have engineered several materials for making brake pads. These are organic, semi-metallic, metallic, ceramic. Every time you slow or stop your vehicle they wear out a bit more.

Here are more detailed descriptions of the various types of brake pads on the market.

Organic – Brake pads used to be made of asbestos. Several years ago asbestos was discovered to be a carcinogen and associated with causing certain cancers and eventually fazed out of production. Organic brake pads made from materials like rubber, glass, and Kevlar too their place. They are softer than other brake pads, which makes for a quieter function. Thus they wear more sooner and create more dust and debris as they wear down. Moreover because these pads are softer, they don’t offer as much stopping power. Organic pads are generally suited for light cars that don’t see heavy use.

Semi-Metallic – Semi-metallic pads, sometimes referred to as metallic pads, are much more sturdy. As per they’re named they are made from metal, such as iron shavings or bits of steel wire held together with graphite. Metal usually makes up about 30 to 65 percent of the brake pad, thus the name “semi-metallic”. Because metallic brake rotors are hard, they provide good stopping power, but they put more wear on brake rotors / discs. The hard pads also noisier than organic pads.

Additionally metallic brake pads need to warm up before they are at their best efficiency. In very cold weather, they can take longer to get their maximum efficiency, so caution is always advised until your vehicle is fully warmed up. Metallic pads are a good product at a reasonable price, and provide good stopping power under normal driving conditions.

Ceramic – Ceramic brake pads are even more durable. They are made of ceramic materials, sometimes with small amounts of copper. The ceramics dissipate heat well, which keeps them from wearing. That can mean that the rotors take on more heat though, which can lead to rotor warping. Ceramic pads are also more expensive. Ceramic pads are also lighter, which, paired with their heat resistance, makes them well suited to motorsport or aggressive driving. They also produce the least brake dust of any type of brake pads, and less noise than semi-metallic pads.

When it’s time for New Brakes

Some cars have brake-pad sensors that inform the driver of worn brakes via a warning light on the dash or a message shown upon startup. Some brake systems have a metal scraper attached to the pads that serves as a warning alarm by squealing or screeching when they wear too thin. Even though the sound is very disconcerting it is usually harmless, unless ignored. If the noise is less of a screech and more of a grumbling, grinding sound, the pads at one or all of the wheels may be gone altogether, and further use of the brakes can cause serious damage to the rotors. This is not a sound anybody wants to hear, and if you do you should visit Orozco’s Auto Service immediately. You should never wait to replace the brake pads for weeks or months after the first warning signs emerge, or considering properly functioning brakes anything less than a top priority. From a safety standpoint, they are more important than the engine. After all, a poorly maintained engine could result in engine failure. But if your poorly maintained brakes take longer to stop than they should or, worse, fail, the result could be life-threatening.

To ensure that your car is always able to consistently execute the safest stops possible, we recommend changing the brakes before they exhibit the irregularities mentioned above. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual should have recommendations for inspecting the pads at every oil change because brake-pad life can vary greatly, depending on your driving style and whether and driving conditions. Brake pads should be replaced when they reach their service limit, which is usually about 0.1 inch.

If your vehicle is showing any of the above signs or you believe your vehicle’s needs new brake or are not sure and would like to have your brakes inspected, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove today at (714) 537-0076. Keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!


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