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The braking system on your car is a lot more important than any other mechanism or component as it is the brakes themselves that prevent forward momentum and in emergencies will stop you when you need to be stopped.
Brakes in themselves are many individual parts that work together to respond to the actions of the driver so that the vehicle can slow down or stop. A crucial part of these components is the brake pads and without the right ones the stopping distance of any car is severely restricted.
The brake pad itself works by creating a constant friction between the pad and the car's brake discs. These are commonly recognized as dinner plate sized metal discs that sit within the wheel housing. As the brake is applied by the driver the brake pad is forced against the brake disc and this contact creates enough friction between the two surfaces to apply a slowing momentum on the wheel. The harder the driver presses on the brake pedal and the harder the pad and the disc come together thus creating greater friction and a greater stopping force.
Due to the different specifications of cars and even heavier vehicles such as trucks there is a direct correlation to the type of pad that is required based on the type of vehicle? Brake pads are subjected to massive stresses and strains as they are constantly in use and under pressure to perform. The faster the car is driven or the heavier a vehicle is the greater the strain is on the pad.
So what are the different types of brake pads on the market?
These are undoubtedly the most common variety of brake pads and are found on many,many vehicles. A unique blend of different metals creates metallic brake pads and within this mix you will find copper,iron,graphite and steel. After the right mix has been formulated a special bond is used to fuse these metals together to create the metallic brake pad.