Replacing your Nissan brake pads is one of those essential repairs that you can expect to make regularly over the lifetime of your vehicle. Your Nissan brake pads rub against the brake rotor, pushed by the calipers, to slow the vehicle and bring it to a stop. Each time they perform this task, your Nissan brake pads wear away just a little bit more, until finally they need to be replaced. Failure to do so in a timely fashion can result in significant damage to your rotors, perhaps even making it necessary to replace them. That is because once the Nissan brake pads wear past a certain point, the metal underneath is exposed, and when pushed into position by the calipers, that metal scratches and grooves the rotors. There are a variety of Nissan brake pad types and performance levels, with the stock style of pads being excellent for the average driver in the average circumstances. However, if you find yourself changing your Nissan brake pads more frequently than it seems that you should be, you may want to consider making an upgrade and trying out one of the higher performing types. The higher performing types of Nissan brake pads feature better heat dissipation and pads that are made of materials chosen to increase friction while slowing wear, such as those with ceramic particles. Our online catalog features Nissan brake pads that range from the standard replacements to the high performance types designed specifically for more challenging driving circumstances. Our live help system, accessed through our website, is available to help if you have any questions about which of our Nissan brake pads would be best for you. Once you've made your selection, you can order online or via our toll-free telephone number.
3 Pointers when Buying a Nissan Brake Pad Set
The brake system is the most important element of passenger and vehicle protection. And the brake pad is one of the most crucial parts of such system. Available in a variety of types, aftermarket choices, and brands, the brake pads must be selected correctly to ensure great performance and safe driving. Here are some pointers to help you choose the appropriate Nissan brake pad set:
When choosing a Nissan brake pad set, know the make and model of the vehicle first. As brake pads are available in a wide range of sizes, designs, styles, and material construction, some of them are compatible with your Nissan model while others are not. Before getting a replacement, check the specs of your stock pads and brake system and make sure that the replacement you'll get will match those specs. This is to make sure that the pads will fit perfectly and will work well with the rest of the brake components they need to work hand in hand with.
When selecting for the brake pad material, it is best to base your choice on your driving style and the road condition that you usually drive on. The four common choices for Nissan owners are: ceramic, semi-metallic, low-metallic, and organic.
- Ceramic brake pads:Highly suitable for daily use and light-duty trucks, ceramic pads provide quiet and clean performance. They produce less dust, keeping wheels shiny for a long time and slowing the onset of wear for the discs and pads.
- Semi-metallic pads: These brake pads contain 30 to 65 percent of metal, such as wire copper, steel wool, iron powder, and synthetic fillers of graphite or copper. The semi-metallic brake pads are hard-wearing and deliver great heat transfer, but wear down the discs quicker than other types of brake pads. They produce more noise and may not give their optimum performance during low temperatures. These brake pads are ideal for racing cars and full-size pickup trucks that require more stopping power and minimum brake fade.
- Low-metallic pads: The low-metallic pads wear down the rotors slower than the semi-metallic type. These pads usually consist of 10 to 30 percent steel or copper and tolerate high level of heat and friction. Compared to ceramic brake pads, the low-metallic pads kick off more dust and produce more noise.
- Organic pads: Made of natural materials such as rubber, glass, carbon, or Kevlar, these pads are formulated with high-temperature resins and fillers. They are suitable for daily use in normal driving conditions as such pads produce few dusts and are less noisy. However, organic brake pads are not recommended for racing use or driving that needs sudden frequent stopping, because they do not grab as well as the metallic types.
Some Nissan brake pad sets also include special designs that help enhance driving performance or endurance. Some of these optional design features include friction surface slots, metal plates, clips and springs, as well as pad wear and sensors. Brake pads with these features cost more, but they can help you achieve your braking requirement. Depending on the pad that you choose, it may include one or more of these special features.