Brake Pads: Ceramic or Metal?

When stopping a car, friction can cause the brake pads to heat up to as much as 950°F or higher. What’s more, they must do this reliably many times a day. Yet, brake pads are seldom thought about until one hears the telltale grinding that means they need to be changed.

Originally, brake pads were made from asbestos, which was well-suited for heat absorption but released cancer-causing fibers into the air. Now, most brakes are made from metal or ceramic. Ceramic brake pads work well in warmer climates but are not as reliable in colder ones. Metallic brake pads are more reliable in colder temperatures, but they can be noisier than ceramic.

Choosing the right brake pad for your vehicle depends on your climate and the type of driving that you do. Our team of experts at Cavender Toyota can help you compare the different options available.

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