02 Jan 2013
January 2, 2013

Front Brake Pads

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Front Brake Pads

Need new Front Brake pads and want to save money, read on for best choices and an easy to understand DVD to allow home install.
Most modern vehicles have two sets of brakes, mainly modern cars have two disc brake systems including front brake pads and rear brake pads respectively.

 

The Front brake pads are probably the most important single component on your car and will undertake 70% upwards of the stopping power on your vehicle. It is essential therefore to use quality front brake pads. A chart of best compound choices can be seen here: EBC Selector Chart

 

Fitting new Front brake pads is quite straight forward but as this is such an important part of your vehicle safety we recommend you viewing this DVD taster which shows you the basics of how to replace your front brake pads in any car or motorcycle. Upgrade Your Brake Pads & Rotors.

 

Low quality front brake pads can lead to some serious consequences and choosing the right compound is important. When braking a motor vehicle as already stated 70% of the brake effort is achieved by the front brakes. Then consider that there are many difference disc pad offerings on the market, some good and not so good but more importantly, THEY ALL HAVE DIFFERENT FRICTION LEVELS.

 

There are several grades of brake material used on front brake pads and rear brake pads and it is essential that you do not fit LOWER friction brake pads to the front of your vehicle than are fitted to the rear. Again a very useful chart to view here is this one at the bottom of this page: Yellowstuff Brake Pads for Truck & SUV

 

European cars are all built with what are known as high friction pads bearing the friction grades G or GF. If you buy any old pad from a retailer and get sold a pad with a lower letter code such as an E or an F code (printed on the rear of the pad) and fit this to the front of a car with the original G rated pads still in the rear it is highly possible you will throw your car into a tailspin under heavy braking. European manufactured pads all now confirm to a new brake safety regulation to prevent this details of which can be seen here: ECE Regulation 90

 

So the next time you buy front brake pads, check carefully as your own safety could be at risk if you buy a cheap pad , save $20 and write off your car and even injure yourself.

 

A good front brake pad should cost between $75 and $100 and if you pay less you will likely get less.