Brakes Showdown: Ceramic vs. Semi-Metallic Brake Pads
Ceramic Brake Pads
Semi-Metallic Brake Pads
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Advantages of ceramic brake pads
- Quiet - Ceramic brake pads are made from a blend of primarily ceramic materials with small amounts of non-metallic substances. These kinds of brake pads are softer, which helps reduce noise significantly when braking.
- Low Amount of Brake Dust - The materials used to make ceramic pads only creates a light amount of brake dust. Unlike other types of brake pads, which typically generate larger amounts of brake dust, the dust from ceramic pads is easier to clean from a car's rims.
- Durability - Ceramic brake pads are much more durable than metallic or organic brake pads. Their durability also makes them last longer than their counterparts.
Limitations of ceramic brake pads
- Not Suited for Large Trucks or SUVs -
Ceramic brake pads are softly constructed and don't necessarily perform
well with heavy duty pickup trucks and SUVs that haul more weight than
- Can Warp Rotors - Ceramic brake
pads might struggle in high performance vehicles because of their soft
composition. With constant stopping and going, these types of pads can
create a high buildup of heat that can eventually lead to warped brake
- Expensive - While there are
affordable options available, most ceramic brake pads have a higher
price tag than semi-metallic brake pads or organic alternatives.
Advantages of Semi-Metallic Brake Pads
- Ideal for Heat Transfer - Semi-metallic brake pads are usually made from steel wool, copper and other metal substances, which can handle the high temperatures from heat transfer better than ceramic brakes.
- Perfect for Heavy Duty Trucks and SUVs - Large pickup trucks and SUVs carry more weight, which tends to generate more heat and pressure within the brake system. Since semi-metallic brake pads are constructed to handle heat transfer, they're perfectly suited for heavy duty vehicles.
- Affordable - These kinds of brake pads are commonly used by most manufacturers, and they are less expensive than ceramic or organic pads.
Limitations of Semi-Metallic Brake Pads
- Noisy - Whenever you slow down or come to a complete stop, these kinds of brake pads are usually louder than ceramic models.
- Create Brake Dust - Semi-metallic brake pads generate a thick and stickier brake dust than ceramic pads. A large buildup of brake dust can be difficult to clean and ruins your rims' appearance.
- Short Lifespan - Semi-metallic models use materials that don't last as long as the ones used in ceramic brake pads.