What are Brake Pads?
Brake pads are vehicle specific in their design and provide the friction material to a rotating brake disc which ultimately slow rotating wheels and tires as you apply pressure to the brake pedal. The friction material can be made from specific or a variety of compounds all which provide different characteristics such as the amount of adhesion, initial bite, operating temperatures and noise and dust levels.
Brake pads typically have backing plates made from steel and are shaped specifically to fit within a brake caliper which delivers the hydraulic pressure to squeeze the brake pads against the brake rotors. Brake pads and brake calipers are specific to the exact year, make and submodel of a vehicle. To reduce brake noise, most quality replacement brake pads and may include shims and clips. If not, the original equipment steel shims may be cleaned and re-used if they are not damaged.
Tip: Change the brake pads and you can change the characteristics of how your brakes respond as you engage the brake pedal under light or heavy pressure. For example, if you find your brake pads put too much brake dust on your wheels for your liking, you can resolve that by selecting a low-dust brake pad. If you are towing with your vehicle or are driving at high performance levels, you can use the site’s left menu to sort and choose brake pads by your driving style and the site will narrow the choices to the correct brake pads to meet your needs. BuyBrakes.com is actually staffed by brake experts that you can have in-depth conversations with regarding your specific braking needs.