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OEMTOOLS 25265 Disc Brake Pad Spreader

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How Brakes Work | Firestone Complete Auto Care

I drove over 10,000 miles in the hot weather as high as 110 degrees to cold as low as -1 degrees freezing condition, along with several autocross events on the weekend with these brake pads.

These brake pads work as a double duty pad for daily driving and autocross and have exceed well over my expectation.
They work reliably well for everyday street driving, with added confidence in pedal feel, and resulting in better control.
The W2 provides excellent stopping power for street tires and with significantly less dust than most performance pads of this type.
The pads don’t fade much in most casual sporting activities, and they lack any of the associated noises or dusting of other typical performance oriented pads.
While it isn’t a fully geared competition brake pads for road racing circuits, what you get in exchange is all of the better characters of street car pads in terms of life expectancy, wear, reliability and huge operating range.
I’ve tested them in variety of climates and conditions, and the W2 pads kept evenly, excellent feel and modulation, to delicately tread snow, or hard brake in the dry.

Swissstop Yellow King brake pads work well on a lot of carbon rims yet the company claims their new Black Prince pads are more effective and generate less heat.

Well, the easy answer is, stop your car

But, how many of us know how brakes work really

The reason that these pads are so common is simple -- metallic brake pads are cost-effective and durable. They provide good performance and are good at transferring the heat generated by friction with the brake rotors. The downside of metallic brake pads is that they're heavy, which can have a (small) negative impact on the car's fuel economy. Also, because of the extra weight, metallic brake pads aren't the best choice for high-performance driving. Being made of metal makes the pads very hard. That's what makes them durable. But because there isn't as much "give" in metallic brake pads, they can cause more wear on the brake rotors than other types of brake pads. The metallic brake pads themselves hold up well, but they often negatively impact the durability of other brake parts. Finally, metallic brake pads work best when they're warm. When a vehicle with metallic brake pads first gets going on a very cold day, stops may take slightly longer than usual until the brake pads heat up.Â

Needless to say, your car's ability to stop quickly and safely is crucial to accident prevention. Along with quality tyres, braking system and suspension, brake pads play a major role in the active safety features of your car. Brake pads work by pressing in and gripping both sides of the brake disc to slow the wheels. Quite simply, the ability to stop effectively lies principally on the performance ability of the brake pads.