About Brake Pads
Brake pads are composed of friction material and a backing plate. When the brakes are applied, the brake pads are pressed against the brake disc. This creates friction between the disc and brake pad, which converts the rotational energy of the wheel and brake disc to heat and brings the vehicle to a stop. Even in normal use, brake pads wear and must be replaced.
Amazon.co.uk sells brake pads to fit most vehicles sold in the UK that are equipped with disc brakes. Brake pads differ in the type of friction material used. Brake pads made with organic materials are standard equipment on certain vehicles. Organic brake pads are quiet and run cleanly. However, they also wear rapidly and can lose their effectiveness when hot. Semi-metallic brake pads are another choice. These brake pads resist brake fade when hot and offer long wear. They can, however, also be noisy and can leave black powder on the wheels. Ceramic brake pads are made from a mix of ceramic compounds and metal fibres. Ceramic brake pads are quieter than semi-metallic brake pads, wear well, and generate minimal dust. They are, however, usually more expensive than other brake pad types.
Certain disc brake systems have a metal tab on the brake pad that touches the disc. This makes braking noisy when the pads are worn. Other disc brake systems have a warning light. The regular inspection of brake pad material is highly recommended, and when brake noise increases, your should take your car in for servicing immediately.
When replacing brake pads, the brake discs should be resurfaced or replaced. If the discs are worn beyond limit or cracked, they must be replaced. Make sure you know the make and model, as well as the vehicle and engine type of your vehicle before ordering brake pads or other brake system replacement parts.