Difference between Ceramic and Metallic Brake Pads?

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Semi-metallic brake pads traditionally used steel fibers, which created more dust and more noise. The semi-metallic brake pads also cause more rotor wear over time. Ceramic brake pads offer less dust, less noise, and use copper fibers instead of steel; they also extend the life of the brake pads.
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