The piercingly loud screech of your car’s brakes is a special kind of public embarrassment. It is an offensive reminder to you and others on the road at every stop sign or slowdown that one of your car’s important components is in seriously bad shape. Chances are, you will need a new set of brake pads.
If you’re worrying how much a new set of brake pads will cost, the answer is that it depends on the make of your vehicle. To give you a feel for that range, it can be between ₹ 500 and ₹ 1000 per piece. The price can go higher up to ₹ 3000 when it comes to big-ticket car models.
In any case, this is not something you can afford to ignore, because brake pads are crucial components that ensure the car stops safely. Every time your foot presses the brake pedal, the force is translated through a brake master cylinder, booster, hydraulic fluid and brake lines to do the one important thing and that is squeezing the brake pads against brake discs. As the brake calipers and the pads inside them clamp down on the rapidly spinning disc and ultimately stop its rotation, your car slows down to a halt. Understandably, the entire process involves the use of lot of force and energy.
Why Brake Pads Get Hot?
Your car’s brakes convert the vehicle’s kinetic energy to thermal energy with the help of friction, and the amount of friction generated by squeezing a brake disc to slow down an entire vehicle produces a lot of heat. This is where the brake pads come in. Each brake caliper contains two brake pads mounted with their friction-side material embracing the rotor. Thefriction material in these brake pads is specially engineered to live in that heat-soaked environment stop after stop. With time, they undergo the unavoidable wear and tear.
What Are Brake Pads Made Of?
No doubt, brake-pad design is an exercise in materials science. The friction material of a brake pad needs to perform many functions. It must resist the loss of braking power under heavy braking; it must perform predictably over a wide range of temperatures and after exposure to water; it must minimise wear on the rotor; and it must also have a reasonable life for its intended use.
In view of these, brake pads come in three different types of material compositions: semi-metallic, organic and ceramic. Most passenger cars coming from the factory feature metallic or semi-metallic brake pads of premium brake pad manufacturers like the ASK Automotive. For the car engine, the company’s high qualityautomotive cable products find applications in charging, lighting, signalling and starting the car.
Where to Buy Brake Pads?
Mainstream passenger-car and SUV brakes prioritize longevity and smooth operation. Almost all of the established car manufacturers in India’s passenger car industry today rely on ASK Automotive for quality brake pad and other brake system components. That’s why we recommend that you stick with the same pads the maker of your vehicle installs at the factory. Rest assured, they have been meticulously engineered to meet your vehicle’s braking requirements and guarantee a smooth and safe driving experience.