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When it comes to the parts of a vehicle’s brake system, it’s a big world out there in terms of quality, performance, or life span between products. A necessary element to the system, brake pads range in performance and longevity depending on the material or lining used. To make your life easier, we’ll go through the pros and cons of one of the most popular choices: ceramic brake pads.

Ceramic pads are widely used nowadays for all types of vehicles and performance levels. They range in price from $10 to $40, and are made from ceramic, filler and bonding agents.

Pros

  • Long lasting: The strong materials do not wear as easily as others over time.
  • Ceramic creates less dust than semi-metallic or organic.
  • High performance: They dissipate heat more efficiently, and recover quickly from stops.
  • The material is easier on the brake rotors, creating less damage.
  • Strong stopping power: Apply less pressure to the brakes and the stop will still be quick.
  • Quieter than semi-metallic or organic.

Cons

  • Cost more money than semi-metallic pads.
  • Not recommended for every vehicle: They will be less efficient or not fit heavy trucks or SUVs.

Depending how you weigh the pros and cons against each other, ceramic pads are overall a good choice for safety and efficiency. To help in your decision, read some reviews or information about the further advantages and disadvantages to be sure you’re choosing correctly. Semi-metallic or organic pads are also excellent choices, and may even suit your driving style or budget more appropriately.

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