Comparatively inexpensive, as automotive parts go, your Dodge brake pads serve an essential role in the smooth and safe slowing and stopping of your vehicle. Like other mechanical systems at work in your vehicle, your braking system is made up of a variety of parts that work together to reliably produce the desired effect, which in the case of the braking system, is to slow and stop the vehicle in a controlled and dependable fashion. The role of the Dodge brake pads in this process is to rub against the rotors, when called into service by you pressing the brake pedal and pressed into them by the calipers, using friction to slow and then stop the vehicle. This process erodes the Dodge brake pads a little bit more each time, which is why they need to be replaced regularly. There are different types of Dodge brake pads to choose from when the time comes for replacement, and these choices range from the typical stock style replacements to the ultra-high performance types that are found on hard use vehicles, such as emergency vehicles and cabs. If you are the average driver, traveling the average distance to and from work, around town and the like, a standard set of Dodge brake pads will do a great job for you. However, if you regularly travel curvy, hilly roads on your daily commute in from the suburbs or drive in busy, hot, stop and go traffic in the city, you may be better served by a higher performing set, as such driving conditions can wear your pads faster. If you have questions about what a higher performing set of Dodge brake pads can do for you or need a bit of assistance in choosing the right set for your vehicle, you are invited to make use of our live help system, which is available through our website. Our online catalog features a full selection of Dodge brake pads, one that covers the full range of performance options, all reasonably priced and ready to order, either using our secure online ordering system or our toll-free telephone number. Our fast order processing will soon have your Dodge brake pads on the way, and if your order comes to $50 or more, we'll be happy to provide free ground shipping, as we do for all parts and accessories orders of that amount.
General Tips when Getting a New Dodge Brake Pad Set
A screeching sound when braking is an obvious indication that you need a new set of brake pads soon. However, with a wide range of selection to choose from, getting the right Dodge brake pad set can be a nightmare. Below are general pointers to help you select the best pad set for your ride and your braking needs:
Take note of your vehicle type.
Most manufacturers design brake pads for a specific type of vehicle. A small vehicle cannot use the same pad set used in a full-size truck. Because a brake pad set is engineered for specific applications to deliver optimum performance, you should also keep in mind your vehicle's model and year when making a purchase.
Determine the main function of your vehicle.
Before getting the best Dodge brake pad set, you must first identify how you mainly use your vehicle. If it is for daily commuting, OEM pads, ceramic, and organic pad sets are the primary suggestions. These types of pads offer quiet and smooth braking experience. If your vehicle is for towing heavy cargoes or for off-road driving, you might want to get heavy-duty semi-metallic pads that are tough and can withstand excessive heat. For racing or street performance vehicles, get a pad set that provides great stopping power as well as remarkable heat endurance.
Know the different types of brake pads.
Brake pads come in different styles, designs, and material construction. Generally, there are three main types of pads: semi-metallic, non-asbestos organic, and ceramic. Semi-metallic pads are durable and ensure great heat transfer, although they also wear down the brake discs faster. With 30 to 65 percent metal material, they tend to be noisier and may not perform well at low temperatures. This type of pads is suitable for full-size trucks that need more stopping power and less brake fade. Non-asbestos organic pads, on the other hand, are made from natural fibers. These pads are softer and release less noise. However, they also break down faster and produce more dust. The organic pads are great for compact and mid-size sedans. Ceramic pad sets are the most expensive of the three pad types. They are cleaner and quieter, and they produce less dust. These are great for street use and for drivers looking for exceptional braking characteristics.
Decide on the brake pad design features you need.
To enhance the stopping power, reduce brake noise, and extend the service life of the brake disc and other components, manufacturers formulate brake pads with different design features. Some of the features that you might want to watch out for are:
- Metal plates on the pad's back side to minimize brake noise
- Slots on friction surface to let gas and brake dust escape
- Springs and clips to minimize rattling
- Pad wear sensors or indicators
Some brake pads may include some while others may have most, if not all, of these features. It is important to choose the features based on the driver's preferences and requirements. So assess your driving style and braking requirements first; you don't have to pay for the features you'll find no use of.