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The Dangers of Fake Brake Pads

This is continuation on Brake Pads

Ceramic:

These brake pads are generally the most expensive, Why the cost? In truth they make for excellent braking, absorbing heat generated from even the harshest, sharpest stops.

Composed of ceramic fibres and similar type fill materials, these pads are cleaner and quieter than any others featured in this blog. They last longer too, outperforming organic pads in particular.

A major drawback is just how long it takes to warm them up to an operating temperature. So
while ceramic pads are ideal for rallying, they are all but pointless when installed in the average car, which would seldom reach the optimum performance heat on the likes of the school run or weekly shop.

Low-Metallic, Non-Asbestos Organic (NAO)

These brake pads are known to be noisy
and to let off a lot of brake dust. The copper or steel that is used in these pads helps with
heat transfer and breaking. Better breaking is realised with the Low-Metallic NAO
option, the result of an organic formula mixed with between 10% and 30% copper or
steel.

Non-Asbestos Organic:

These brake pads are generally made from organic materials including fibre, glass, rubber, and Kevlar. These pads are pretty quiet, but can wear faster and produce a lot of brake dust. As the name suggests these brake pads are made from largely organic materials. That wasn’t always the case. Indeed there was a time when pads were constructed from asbestos, only for the mineral to be displaced by other compounds amid health and safety concerns. Softer and relatively quiet, newer versions may include fibre glass, rubber or Kevlar, not to mention resins such as cellulose.

Despite being easier on the brake discs themselves, Non-Asbestos Organic pads will wear fast and are only suitable for day-to-day road driving. What’s more they do not lend themselves to regular braking.


The aforementioned Kevlar option – despite being the most expensive – does at least come with fewer drawbacks.

The Dangers of Fake Brake Pads:


• Fake brake pads do not perform as well as genuine pads leading to safety issues.
• Fake brake pads deteriorate faster.
• Fake brake pads can cause additional problems with your car.
• Fake brake pads are inherently unsafe.

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