How to Tell Good Brake Pads from Excellent Brake Pads

24/nov/2015 04:31:45 antaibra oparts Contatta l'autore

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Economy aftermarket brake pads (good) – there are usually less manufacturing processes and hardware involved with these Auto Brake Parts compared to their standard, premium or OE counterpart. For example, brake pads are made including other components aside from just the friction material. These other components are the shims, the backing plate and other hardware for installation and noise reduction. Economy brake pads typically provide only the bare minimum and do not have shims, which helps with noise reduction.

The main brake pad components (backing plate and friction material) are made separate from each other and then bonded together to make the finished product. The issue with this is that this can leave room for inconsistencies in the friction material and the brake pad as a whole, which may result in ordinary wear characteristics or low friction levels. At the end of the day, economy brake pads are adequate and are more catered for those working with a limited budget. These brake pads are absolutely not suitable for high performance applications as it would not be able to handle the heat.

Standard aftermarket brake pads (better)— These brake pads usually have a bit more hardware that would make them superior to an economy brake pad, but not the more advanced manufacturing processes to make them a premium brake pad or OE equivalent. Standard brake pads normally include shims for noise reduction which economy brake pads do not have.

They may be more durable and have better wear qualities in their friction formulas. However, standard brake pads are typically put together using the same standard bonding manufacturing processes as economy brake pads, which again, can affect performance ability.

Premium aftermarket/OE brake pads (best)—Premium aftermarket or OE brake pads usually include more advanced manufacturing processes that allow for the brake pad to be more consistent and better performing part. One example is a positive molding process which is used by OE manufacturers. This positive molding uses extreme pressure to compress the friction material and bond it to the backing plate.

This process assures consistent friction material density throughout the pad, resulting in even wear and performance characteristics throughout the life of the brake pad. These brake pads will most definitely include shims and will sometimes include additional hardware for proper installation as well. Furthermore, these brake pads may be scorched or “broken in” for Brake Pad China and are ready for immediate, normal use right after installation.

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