Are ceramic or semi-metallic brake pads better?

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Ceramic brake pads are best for small cars, while semi-metallic brake pads are ideal for larger vehicles like sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The major differences between the two types are the amount of stopping power and the noise associated with braking. Some vehicles are only serviceable by ceramic or metallic brake pads depending on the size.

Ceramic brake pads are perfect for small vehicles and people who want silent running for their cars. These pads offer long-term wear and usage without creating as much squeaking but are susceptible to breaking on a much more regular basis than other materials. Ceramic brake pads are lightweight and therefore are perfect for racing and high-performance road vehicles.

Semi-metallic brakes are much bigger, louder and more cumbersome. They make a big statement on oversized wheels and encourage greater stopping power even in bad weather. The high metal content makes them susceptible to rusting and weathering that is not common with ceramic plates, but that wear and tear takes a long time accumulate in these kinds of pads. Semi-metallic brake pads are found on trucks, sport utility vehicles and all-terrain vehicles that are designed to take a beating and not become unusable due to damaged.

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