Ce­ramic brake pads – the ben­e­fits

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Ce­ramic brake pads are pop­u­lar r with many mo­torists to­day be­cause they re­store like-new brake per­for­mance, ance, are quiet, long last­ing, low dust­ing ng and pro­vide safe sure stops. C-PlusPlus ce­ramic brake pads from BNT have all the at­tributes of ce­ramic pads, and are avail­able from BNT dis­trib­u­tors across New Zealand.

They han­dle heat much bet­terr than most non-as­bestos or­ganic c (NAO) fric­tion ma­te­ri­als, and are e qui­eter and kinder to ro­tors thann most semi-metal­lic fric­tion ma­te­ri­als. eri­als.

One of the main dif­fer­ences be­tween ce­ramic-en­hanced fric­tion ction ma­te­ri­als and semi-metal­lic brakeke lin­ings is that ce­ramic pads con­tain­tain no steel wool fi­bres. Steel pro­vides des strength and con­ducts heat awayay from ro­tors, but it also makes pads ads noisy. Steel also acts like an abra­sive ra­sive and causes ro­tor wear.

Sub­sti­tut­ing steel fi­bres al­lows ce­ramic pads to han­dle the high brake tem­per­a­tures with less heat fade, to re­cover quickly, to ex­pe­ri­ence less wear on both the pads and ro­tor, and to vir­tu­ally elim­i­nate noise.

An­noy­ing brake squeal is elim­i­nated be­cause the ce­ram­i­cen­hanced com­pound damp­ens noise and moves vi­bra­tions to a fre­quency be­yond our range of hear­ing.

Other fea­tures that help make C-Plus pads ex­tra quiet in­clude cham­fers, slots and in­su­la­tor shims. Cham­fers are an­gled or bev­elled edges on the lead­ing and trail­ing ends of the pad that re­duce “tip-in” noise when the brakes are first ap­plied.

Cham­fers also re­duce the sur­face area of the brakes slightly, which in­creases the clamp­ing force ap­plied by the pads against the ro­tors. This fur­ther helps to dampen sound sound-pro­duc­ing vi­bra­tions. Slots or grooves­gro cut ver­ti­cally, di­ag­o­nally, or hor­i­zon­tal­lyho in the pads re­duce noise by chang­ing the fre­quency of vib vi­bra­tion from an au­di­ble level to a higher, in­audi­ble fre­quency be­yond the range of the hu­man ear. Slots also help re­duce brake fade by pro­vid­ing a pas­sage for gases and dust to es­cape at high brake tem­per­a­tures. In­su­la­tor shims pro­vide a d damp­en­ing layer to ab­sorb and dis dis­si­pate vi­bra­tions be­fore they can cause noise. Ano Another fea­ture of ce­ramic pads is less vis­i­ble brake dust on the whee wheels. All brake pads pro­duce dust as the they wear. But the ingredients in ce­ramic pads typ­i­cally pro­duce a light colou coloured dust that is much less no­tice­able, and it does not stick to wheels like or­di­nary brake dust. Con­se­quently, al­loy wheels stay cleaner longer. C-Plus pads also ex­tend brake life com­pared to most con­ven­tional lin­ing ma­te­ri­als.

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