Replacement Brake Linings to Recommend
Replace semi-metallic brake linings with semi-metallics, nonasbestos
organic (NAO) linings with nonasbestos, and asbestos linings with either
asbestos or NAO.
Asbestos linings should never be substituted for semi-metallics.
Asbestos in such an application will wear too quickly and may not provide
the stopping power necessary for safe braking.
Semi-metallic linings are usually required on the front brakes
of front-wheel drive cars because of higher operating temperatures.
Front brakes typically handle up to 85% of the brake load. Semimetallic
linings help conduct heat away from brake rotors. Asbestos does not
because it is an insulator.
If asbestos linings are used in a FWD application, brakes may run
too hot. Since heat is directly proportional to lining life, asbestos
pads won't last.
Most friction suppliers offer a choice between economy and premium
replacement linings. Some also offer a midrange lining. Most people
either want the best replacement linings or the cheapest. Recommend
a quality brand of premium lining because they will last longer and
they generally provide better braking performance.
To assure maximum performance, quiet operation
and long life, rotors and/or drums should be resurfaced when linings
are replaced. You might also recommend shims or an antisqueal compound
for application to the backs of disc brake pads. These help dampen vibrations
to quiet brake squeal.