5 Tips on Choosing the Right Brake Pads for your Vehicle

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All parts that make up a whole car are obviously important, otherwise, they wouldn’t be there in the first place. It is also obvious that some are more important than others.

Ranked thus, brake pads must surely be amongst those at the very top. The safety of the passengers in the car and that of other people using the road as well as drivers depend to a very large extent on a well functioning braking system

The brake pads of your car or bus are a key part of the whole braking system. The various makes and models of cars go with different kinds or models of brake pads. Not only that, but different materials with all sorts of properties are used in their manufacture. Thirdly, cars are driven on different types of terrain, depending on where you live.

The other factors to consider is the road surface and the different weather conditions that you are driving in. These are some of the important aspects you should think about when choosing the perfect brake pads to purchase for your vehicle or car. 

Do you Know the Various Brake Pads Brands or Types?

You will find four kinds of brake pads differentiated by the type of material used in their manufacture. It is essential to know the type your car is fitted with because, come replacement time the same type has to be bought. It will probably be necessary to seek the advice of a specialist. MotorCareGuys are your best bet on this one. 

Semi-metallic
These contain significant amounts of metal, 35 to 65percent by composition. They have the advantages of durability and good heat transfer. On the minus side, they tend to produce too much noise, in many cases causing rotor damage and low standard performance in cold climates or cold weather.

■ Non-Asbestos Organic (NAQ)
Made chiefly from fibre materials like rubber as well carbon, NAQs produce less noise. Their relative softness makes them get old more quickly and are thus less durable. 

■ Low-Metallic NAQ
This is made of organic rubber and in some cases carbon with tiny amounts of copper added to improve the transfer of heat and the braking speed. The added metals tend to increase noise. 

■ Ceramic
These are commonly considered the best and of high quality. The ceramic fibre makes them super quiet and clean but they cost much more. 

Brake Pads: What Type?

Now that you have an idea and understand the materials that the manufacturer used, choosing the right or appropriate type of brake pad is the next challenge for you. The type of brakes you are going to pick depends amongst other things, on the type of car you drive. If you are not sure, visit a specialist such as the MotorCareGuys, or check their website. They are experts in this field and can give you advice on anything to do with car parts and spares. 

Vehicle Types

1. Light Cars
Lightweight cars have low momentum and therefore require less braking power. The softer organic types are ideal. You get very minimal noise and they cost less. The disadvantage is dust build up which necessitates more frequent ceramic pad replacement.

2. Medium Sized Cars
More mass means higher stopping power is needed. Low metallic NAQs will do nicely though you have to make do with a little more noise. If you have the funds ceramic brake pads will also do

3. Heavy Vehicles
For these, great stopping power is a must and brakes with high levels of metal content are ideal. They produce more noise but they are very safe for you and anyone using the road.

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