Braking systems have undergone a revolutionary development over the years. We now have a smooth and quiet braking system that work efficiently under extensive range of road and weather conditions. To accommodate this change, the brake materials have evolved from asbestos, to organic to semi-metallic models. Each of these materials has shown their advantages and disadvantages in regard to noise, wear and environmental friendliness. However, since their formulations in the 1980s, ceramic brakes tend to have the upper hand due to their blend of desirable qualities. Our Brake Repair in Phoenix accommodates every kind of brakes.
Qualities of Ceramic Brakes
Ceramic brakes are lightweight with a stupendous braking performance and wear well over time. It is no wonder that they are most preferred in high-performance driving. Lighter brakes are suitable for acceleration and handling. It takes less fuel to accelerate a lighter car than a heavy one. But what’s the catch? Ceramic brakes are quite expensive.
The best part is that ceramic brakes do not break down easily. Also, they are much quieter because of ceramic compounds that generate a noise frequency beyond the human hearing range hence dampening the noise. In addition, they produce less and light colored dust that is not readily noticeable. Therefore your vehicle’s wheels maintain a clean appearance for quite a long period. However, due to their high cost, they are not fitted in every other vehicle.
What are ceramic brakes made of?
Ceramic fibers are used to make ceramic brakes. Other materials include bonding agents, copper fibers and filler materials. They use ceramic and copper fibers in place of semi-steel fibers in semi-metallic pads. Ceramic pads handle high brake temperatures with less heat fade. They dissipate heat well and continuously offer strong performance even after repeated hard stops. Additionally, they provide quick recovery after stopping the vehicle. Ceramic brakes generate less wear on both the rotors and pads.
Durability tests have proved that ceramic brakes have an extended life in comparison to organic and semi metallic materials. This type of brake exceeds expectations in regards to stopping distance, durability and noises. Ceramic brakes outlast premium pads materials significantly. Unlike semi-metallic brake materials, they offer long life span without compromising on braking performance or noise control. Semi-metallic and organic brakes actually sacrifice brakes life to reduce noise and vice versa.
Ceramic brakes have experienced a consistently increasing popularity. They are relatively more durable and offer high performance. In addition, they produce less noise and less dust. However, they have some limitations. The primary disadvantage is cost. They are the most expensive brake materials. Also, they do not absorb heat. The heat may pass to other braking system causing wear and tear. Ceramic brakes are an ideal choice for racing, cold climates and other extreme weather conditions.
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