FAQs—Dodge Brake Disc and Pad Kit
- Can't I just replace the factory-installed pad with a high-friction version to upgrade the brake system? Would it be better if I'll just get a complete Dodge brake disc and pad kit?
You can't just use high-friction brake pads and expect the OE or aftermarket brake disc to accommodate the added heat from high friction. It would be better to get a brake disc and pad kit to make sure that the disc is designed to handle the heat or higher temperatures from high-friction pads. If the pad and disc are not perfectly matched, this can cause surface cracks or crazing. Eventually, this may lead to disc distortion.
- Can't I just drill holes or cut slots into brake discs for improved brake performance? Wouldn't it be simpler this way? Why do I have to buy a complete brake disc and pad kit?
Simply cutting slots or drilling holes into brake discs won't turn them into high-performance brake components. The quality of the material used, how the discs are machined, and whether or not they are stress-relieved properly would matter when it comes to disc performance. These will factor in how the discs are able to handle higher temperatures for a certain period of time. If, for instance, the discs are machined to low tolerances and are not stress-relieved properly, even with slots or drilled holes, the discs won't be in their best condition. The slotted/drilled discs have to be matched to suitable brake pads. That's why it's better to invest in a good brake disc and pad set if you're after upgraded braking performance.
- What are the benefits of using ceramic brake pads? What makes them better than other types of pads?
Ceramic pads don't contain asbestos, which basically makes them organic. But unlike organic pads, ceramic types provide better braking performance. Their main advantage lies in their high thermal stability. They don't produce too much noise as well. They also have good pedal pressure sensitivity. The brake pedal doesn't have to be pressed too hard to stop the vehicle or slow it down immediately.
- I am shopping for a new Dodge brake pad and disc kit. I have browsed through the different selection of brake pads, and I can say that I'm quite overwhelmed with the options. How can I find the best brake pads or set of brake pad and disc for my Dodge? What should I consider?
When shopping for brake pads or a brake disc and pad kit, you have to consider the type of your vehicle, your driving style, as well as the road or driving conditions. Vehicles used for commuting, towing, off-roading, racing, or street performance require different types of pads and discs to match the braking performance needed for each condition or situation.
- What would be a great set of brake pads if the vehicle is used mainly for commuting?
If the vehicle is basically used for getting around the city or town, you won't need to upgrade to a high-performance brake pads and discs. There won't be much use for these if the driving condition or situation won't require maximum stopping power that will drive up the temperatures or produce too much heat. OEM-quality brake pads (ceramic or organic) will be good enough to provide your needed braking power. Ceramic or organic brake pads will give you smooth and quiet stops. For street performance, you can choose from semi-metallic pads, ceramic, or organic pads. You can also consider using mild racing pads to give the braking system some boost.
- I use my Dodge truck mostly for towing and carrying heavy loads. What would be a good set of brake pads to use for this type of vehicle?
Because of the heavy load, it's highly recommended that you use heavy-duty brake pads for your truck. The pads should be able to handle the added heat. Semi-metallic pads would be a good option because they're tough and aggressive. The noise from these pads could be drowned out by sounds coming from the trailer.
- For off-roading, what type of brake pads should I use? I'm looking for a brake disc and pad set, and I don't know which brake kit to use for my truck.
For off-roading, the brake pads should give you a stronger grip or hold and should be flexible enough to deal with varying temperatures. Great choices for off-road vehicles would be mild racing pads or the heavy-duty semi-metallic types.