Consider OEM Brake Pads Before Aftermarket

We know, we know - brake pads are not something that you think about on a daily basis. That’s why we’re here! The brake pads that your car came with were selected by the auto manufacturer. They were selected for a number of reasons including noise, dust, stopping ability, and wear. When you think about it, brake pads get quite a bit of abuse and are expected to last through some pretty harsh conditions. When looking to buy new brake pads, do you shop for OEM auto parts and brake pads or aftermarket ones?

If manufacturers have already figured out how to make an ideal brake pad with little to no maintenance needed, why do aftermarket pads even exist? If you want something that offers quite a bit more friction levels and shorter stopping distances, or a pad that can deal with heavy towing loads and four-wheeling, then you may want to consider an aftermarket part.

However, you should also consider how your prospective brake pads are constructed. Unlike aftermarket parts, all OEM brake pads are made by using a positive molding process where the compound is put into a mold, the brake shim is applied to the back of the mold and then the entire compound is heated up to melt the brake compound, pressure it into a perfect mold and bond the shim to the back of the pad. Why is this important? Because this process helps to eliminate noise by minimizing the pad movement - something you may not find in aftermarket parts.