Best Brake Pads
Want to know which are the best brake pads to buy for your car truck or SUV? Check out this informative fact file about quality, standards, testing and make your own choice.
Every modern vehicle relies on brakes to stop them, usually all four wheels these days employ disc brake systems so to choose the best brake pads for you car takes some research and there are guide pointers that will help you.
Brake pads are quite easy to install and provided recognised maintenance procedures are followed fitting your own brakes is within the reach of most amateur mechanics.
Choosing the best brake pads is the next thing. To do this, decide what you are looking for. If price is your only criteria and we sincerely hope it is not then read no further simply shop for the lowest cost parts on the internet and take your chances. If you want quality parts once you have decided on your budget look for the following.
First if you drive a European Car there are new brake safety regulations that test all brake pads for cars and seeing this marking on the reverse of the pads will guide you to the best brake pads for European cars. In the USA market a system of grading using what are known a friction letter grades or FMSI numbers guides you to some degree by having friction coding letters on the reverse of the pads.
Most US and Asian built cars are factory equipped with letter grade E or F pads which are not necessarily the best brake pad choice for performance use and switching to a pad marked with the letter grade G will give you more initial bite on your brakes and move you up the performance gradient slightly. Having said this the FMSI grade letters are only a friction indicator and not an indicator of “Torque” and higher friction pads may create more dust or wear out more quickly.
So the compromise has to be made in choosing the best brake pads for your own particular needs by evaluating what you want from your brakes, what type of driving style you have and where you will be using your vehicle.
There are of course other considerations such as the reputation of the company you intend to buy from and where they make their pads, many pads are sold in shops by what are known as “reboxers” and in many cases, asking the man behind the counter he will not have a clue where the product inside the box comes from.
The old adage is “Buy the product not the box” and the guidance on standards numbers, reputation of the manufacturer and where their facilities are can help you make your choice. Look for manufacturers, who possess such accreditations as ISO 9000 in their facility, they will always be a decent choice for a brake pad supplier.