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What Do Brake Pads Do?

How Brake Pads Work
Brake Pads Videos

On a vehicle with disc brakes, each wheel is attached to a brake rotor that spins with it. The brake caliper is a device that squeezes the spinning rotor when the brake pedal is depressed, causing it to slow. This obviously creates a massive amount of friction. So, the brake pad serves as a friction buffer between the caliper pistons and the rotor; which is why pads wear out regularly—there’s just no such thing as a set of lifetime brake pads.

EBC Green Stuff Brake Pads

EBC Green Stuff Brake Pads

How Brake Pads Work

So now that we know what they do, what are the best brake pads for your car. Well, that all depends on your vehicle and the type of driving you do. For instance, a set of Hawk HPS ceramic brake pads is designed specifically for heavy SUVs and trucks that may be towing trailers. For the average commuter car though, a set of semi-metallic pads, like Posi-Quiet brake pads are perfect. They keep noise and dust down, and offer a little more pedal performance than the standard factory pad. So regardless of how you drive, a set of Nissan Titan brake pads or Toyota Tundra brake pads are going to be very different than a set of Toyota Corolla brake pads or Nissan Maxima pads.

Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads

Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads

Replacing Brake Pads

Now before you run out and buy a set of brake pads, keep these pointers in mind and you’ll be ready to stop on a dime and get nine cents change in no time:

  • Stick with big brand names
  • Be sure the manufacturer uses the FMSI brake standard
  • Don’t buy more pad than you need (performance pads are only good for performance braking)
  • Make sure factory style shims are included

What's the Best Brake Pads for Your Vehicle?

As far as brands go, as long as you stick to the big names, you should be fine. A great way to wade through the choices is to check-out our brake pads reviews. This is especially true if you’re looking for a performance pad, because enthusiasts love to be heard. Whether it’s a Hawk performance ceramic brake pads review or an EBC Red Stuff review, you’re sure to gather plenty of insight and first-hand knowledge.

Product Comparison
EBC Yellow Stuff Brake Pads
Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads
Posi Quiet Ceramic Brake Pads
Product Name
Sale Price
$58.63 /pr
$57.95 /pr
$30.95 /pr
Customer Rating (83) (173) (136)
Ease of Installation
FeaturesHigh Heat ResistanceLow DustExtended Wear
Low NoiseLow Dust
Recommended UseMuscle CarsDaily Driver Trucks/SUVsDaily Driver Trucks/SUVs
RacingMuscle CarsMuscle Cars
Warranty12-month/10,000-mileLifetime Warranty90-day/3,000-mile warranty

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