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Ceramic Brake Pads Vs. Metallic

[Catalog:News] [Date:2018-8-1] [Hits:] [Return]

Metallic Features

There are two types of metallic brake pads: low-metallic and semi-metallic. The low-metallic type contains only a minimal amount—10 percent to 30 percent—of steel or copper, so they produce less noise and pad dust than the semi-metallic type, but more than ceramic brake pads. Semi-metallic brakes contain more metal—30 percent to 65 percent—and more types of metals, including chopped steel wire or wool, copper, iron powder or graphite mixed with inorganic fillers.

This type of brake pad is noisier, wears down the brake rotors faster and may not offer as good a brake performance during cooler temperatures than ceramic or low-metallic pads. However, it is more durable than the other two, and has good heat transfer, according to Consumer Reports.


Ceramic Features

The ceramic brake pads provide users with excellent braking benefits, without sacrificing the rotors to do so. And, while more expensive than the metal pads, this type doesn't produce the quantity of brake pad dust that metal pads can, with less noise, says Consumer Reports. Ceramic brake pads are lighter in color and contain ceramic fibers, bonding agents, nonferrous fillers and—sometimes—tiny amounts of metal.