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Ceramic vs. Semi-Metallic Brake Pads

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by hoffz31, April 17, 2012.

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      hoffz31 New Member

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      Hello,

      I am new to the forum. I have 2005 Explorer Limited V8 4wd. It needs new pads and rotors all the way around. I was wondering what brand of brake pads and rotors people are using. My main concern is noise and stopping power. I will be doing some light towing (top soil in a utility trailer) with it in the future. I was leaning towards Hawk LTS pads and Centric Plain 120 Series rotors from the Tire Rack.

      Any feedback is appreciated
       
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      From what I know and was told about ceramic pads is that they wear down your rotors faster because they are a harder pad than semi-metallic's. The ceramic material is harder. They are suppose to be a quieter pad and I am currently running them on the front of the vehicle. Wagner Thermo-Quiet. I've got a little over a year on them and around 6,500 miles so we'll see how long they last. Bought them by accident thinking the parts guy was giving me the Wagner semi-metallics, but I kept them anyhow. No problems with braking. Not crazy about the pad thickeness on them, semi metallics appear to be a thicker pad out of the box. I have also had good luck with Advance Auto Parts "Wearever Gold" semi metallic brake pads and they didn't make any unwanted brake noise. I usually buy the Wearever Rotors as well, but I may go Wagner rotors on the front when my current ones wear out. I guess it comes down to how much you want to pay for brake pads and rotors. Not familiar with the Tire Rack brands you mentioned here.
       
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      Thanks,

      The Wagner Thermo-Quiet are ceramic pads then? The Thermo-Quiet are about $15 more than the Wear-Ever Platinum Ceramic Pads. My local mechanic is using the Wear-Ever pads and rotors. I am not sure if he is using the gold or Platinum ones.
       
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      I also have a heep at 16yr 190k mi. i put Wagner Thermo-Quiets and some super cheap rotors to keep costs down; they actually stop very well, great pedal feel, no fade, no dust for $80. This isn't driven very much so i no idea on how long they will last. If i had done the rears to it would have been about $200 total.

      For the Ex at about 25k miles ago I went all out, researched it the heck out of it. So i bought top line Ceramic pads @4 for $160, rotors cost about $200 for 4, rear parking shoes where another $30, more or less cost $400 in parts. Pedal is softer, no fade, no dust, and still have more than 50% left.

      For all $200 or so difference both work well but the heep stops better, go figure? There is a lot of Marketing out there. . . :dunno:
       
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      It's your choice. Ceramics have less dusting on your wheels and usually have a shim on the pad since it's a premium pad (less noise) I have ceramics on mine and they work just fine. They don't wear down your rotors any faster than a semi metallic. A heavy braking foot does this.
       

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