Ceramic or Semi Metallic Brake Pads on Your Vehicle?

Ceramic or Semi Metallic Brake Pads on Your Vehicle?


[Music] This F150, the owner of this F150, I did a brake job on the truck and he wanted the performance rotors as you can see. I cleaned the hub, we installed the rotor, we check the runout. We’re well within spec, I think this one turned out to be a thousandths runout. So we’re well within our spec here. Now it’s time to put the brake pads on. Well, in this case, this particular F150 came with ceramic brake pads on it. Now, in this case, this driver does not haul anything with his truck. It’s basically used as a passenger vehicle. There’s no trailer hitch on it. It’s just a pickup truck used as a passenger car. So I’m going to put ceramic back on this vehicle. But here’s the question you have to ask your customer. Maybe this F150 is being used as a landscaping vehicle. Maybe it’s a plumber or electrician and he hauls a lot of weight with the vehicle. Then the ceramic pads that came on the vehicle might not be the best choice for that vehicle. In fact, in most cases when you go up to an F250/F350, then you start getting the semi-metallic. Some people treat this F150 like an F350 and they haul way too much weight with it. The ceramic brake pads probably are not the best choice for that. Then I would change them over to a semi-met pad. Now, a really easy way to see what was on the vehicle is to look at the rotor that you took off. Now, in this case, the rotor we took off, I can see the material transfer from that ceramic to that rotor. And it’s very obvious on the rotor. The other thing that’s very obvious is there’s no lip whatsoever on the end of the rotor. That would tell me if there was a lip on there and there was a real bumpy surface, then that would tell me it had semi-metallic pads on there. And if the driver was happy with the results, I’d put those back on. But, since this vehicle had ceramic on, the driver was happy with them, the vehicle’s not used to carry weight of any sort, we’re going to put ceramic back on. [Music]

15 Replies to “Ceramic or Semi Metallic Brake Pads on Your Vehicle?”

  1. My rotors get grooved up and starts squealing and pulsing while braking. I've been using semi mettalic. It's on a Small SUV that I only drive about 3,000 miles per year. After about 3 years there are groves and the squealing starts. Would ceramic be a good choice for me and last longer? Thanks

  2. Video was a farce.

    Only one thing I agree with . . . . Brakes wear.

    Ceramic brakes have been in use since late 90's.Ceramic brake pads tend to heat up quicker for more bite and better stopping but will fade more when over heated.

    Some important specifically come with metallic brake pads and will not have a ceramic option.

    Heavy duty or service service pads are avalible from most replacement or parts companies such as police, towing or commercial use.

    Slotted,drilled rotors are over rated on stock vehicles.People install them on a stock brake system hoping to stop on a dime . . . . All they did is spend the dime.They forget the are still riding around in 19 and 20 inch wheels.

  3. I drive a Dodge Caravan soccer mom van but do a lot of mountain driving. I have Raybestos rotors with the EHT pads. The braking is awful. Would it be better to use semi-metallic pads?

  4. I switched to Semi-Metalic because I haul a lot of weight, my mother-in-law often rides in the backseat…too often.

  5. Ceramics will wear out before destroying the rotors. In that way you will get a longer life span on the more expensive rotors. I'd rather replace the brake pads than my high performance zimmermann rotors

  6. Aside from looking at the rotor to see if ceramic or semi-metallic pads had been used, an easy way is to take a magnet to the brake pad braking surface. If it sticks it's a semi-metallic pad.

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