Brakes are the most important safety features in pretty much all vehicles. As you can imagine, without the ability to stop quickly, cars would be incredibly dangerous and pretty much unusable. When it comes to high-performance cars and trucks, a standard braking system just won’t cut it. You need a braking system that can consistently offer you the extreme braking performance required for high-speed driving. Brake upgrades such as high-performance aftermarket brake pads are a great way to improve braking performance.
Brake pads are the components of the brake system which grip on the rotors to make your car stop. Every brake pad is built differently and uses different materials. Some brake pads are designed to provide maximum braking performance at the cost of excessive wear and some brake pads are designed to last as long as possible.
Brake pads can be constructed from various materials. The kind of material used in its construction will determine the amount of friction it produces. It also determines how good it will be at resisting brake fade. Brake fade is the reduction in stopping power which is caused by excessive heat in the pads and rotors. This is particularly true during heavy loads or high-speed driving.
The brake pad’s material also decides the amount of brake dust it generates. Brake pads with low levels of dust can keep your wheels clean for long periods.
When you hear grinding noise when putting pressure on the brake pedal, you may need to replace your brake pads with ASAP. Most brake pads have metal wear indicators built-in, which are intended to create a loud noise and warn you it is time to remove the pads.
When you experience less than optimal stopping times when applying your brakes, this may mean that your brake pads are worn down or that your brake fluid is poor, often due to leakage.
One way to test your brake pads quickly is by visually checking them for wear. Look in between your wheel spokes and find your brake pad to do this. If it appears to be less than 1⁄4 inch wide, a pair of new brake pads are possibly due.
Squealing brake pads are usually caused by pads worn out excessively. When you've worn your pads down enough you're going to start hearing a grinding noise, by which point you 're going to start damaging your rotors too, repairing costs much more costly.
Vibration while applying the brakes is another indication that the braking device on your vehicle requires professional assistance. Chances are that the rotors are simultaneously deformed and caused uneven wear of the brake pad.
There are plenty of potential benefits you can enjoy from upgrading to high-performance brake pads. One of them is having brake pads that are a lot more resistant to fading compared to factory brakes. This means that you’ll enjoy an improved performance at the track or during spirited drives on the road since these pads grip better once they become hot.
High-performance brake pads possess superb grip and pedal feel. It can also maintain this level of performance during the entire braking sequence. But these brake upgrades don’t just work effectively amidst serious heat and loads, they also possess excellent durability. Additives like copper are mixed into performance brake pads to make them even more durable.
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