Three scary threats to your vehicle’s brake pads

Three scary threats to your vehicle’s brake pads

This is the time of year when the shadows stretch a little longer, the wind blows colder and an unsettling feeling puts your nerves on end when you apply the brake pedal. The squeal or skittish stop are portents of service issues that could mean increased operational costs, for there are dangers lurking in the dark as the weather turns wet and frigid. 

Here are three of the biggest brake service monsters strike this fall, and what you can do to avoid it when it comes to selecting the right replacement brake pad.

Painted parts

Paint is a common first-line defense against rust. It’s also a weak one when it comes to brake pads compared to galvanized steel. Brake pads are naturally exposed to all sorts of road rigors. From dirt and debris to rocks and stones that are kicked up. When painted brake pads are nicked or scratched, that’s an invitation for corrosion to eat away at the brake pad friction material. It can cause the friction material to crumble right off of the backing plate well before its expected end of life. 

Globs of glue

Speaking of friction materials. Some brake pads employ an adhesive to secure the friction to the brake pad backing plate. Once rust and corrosion makes its way into the brake pad, not even the strongest of adhesives could keep hold of  crumbling friction. Brake pads that sport mechanical attachment, like NRS-patented mechanical brake pad attachment featured in NRS Galvanized Brake Pads, means that the engineered layers of the brake pad do not separate overtime.

A scary squeal

Brake noise is the bane of any driver’s route, and a potential symptom of a larger service problem. Yet, even new brake pads can squeal like banshee. The key to quiet brake pads are to look for features like high-quality friction material as well as noise-reducing technology. You’ll want a brake pad that offers premium semi-metallic and copper-free materials, like the friction material utilized by NRS Galvanized Brake Pads. Not only do they contribute to brake noise reduction, but they also dissipate heat and cool efficiently, producing less brake dust, ensuring longer life and offering incredible, consistent stopping power. 

NRS Piston Cushion Insert, which is designed to help reduce the noise level by up to 90%, NRS Galvanized Brake Pads are also quiet.The NRS Piston Cushion Insert acts as a barrier to minimize heat transfer to brake fluids, thus reducing brake noise and giving you the quietest brake pad in the world today.

Replacement brake pads that save the day

Corrosion, rust, noise–all can be defeated from the first mile with the right brake pad. NRS Galvanized Brake Pads prevent corrosion using zinc-plating technology, and the NRS-patented mechanical brake pad attachment ensures that the engineered layers of the brake pad do not separate overtime. The premium materials used in NRS Galvanized Brake Pads also dissipate heat and cool efficiently making them long-lasting. They also produce less brake dust.

Click here to learn more about NRS Galvanized Brake Pads.

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