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What are The Best Brake Pads: Ceramic or Semi-Metallic?

Ceramic Brake Pads

Pros:

  • They're quieter than semi-metallic pads
  • They create less dust, keeping your wheels cleaner
  • They last longer than semi-metallics

Cons:

  • They're not recommended for racing or heavy-duty towing
  • They're generally more expensive than comparable metallic pads
  • They generally cause more wear to brake rotors than metallics

Semi-Metallic Brake Pads

Pros:

  • Work great when cold, excellent for short trips and cold climates
  • They're available in track-ready and heavy-duty towing formulations
  • They're relatively less expensive than comparable ceramic pads
  • They're typically easier on rotors than ceramics

Cons:

  • They're louder than ceramic pads
  • They generate more black dust that sticks to wheels easier
  • They don't last as long as ceramics

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