Types of Brake Pads Quiz

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When purchasing brake pads, there are several different types from which to choose. How knowledgeable are you when it come to differentiating between different types of brake pads? Take this quiz to find out!

Which of the following is not a real type of brake pad?

There are several different types of brake pads including metallic brake pads, ceramic brake pads and organic brake pads. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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What is another name for organic brake pads?

Organic brake pads, sometimes called non-asbestos organic brake pads, are made from natural materials like glass and rubber, as well as resins that can withstand high heat. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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Organic brake pads are ideal for which types of vehicle?

Organic and Kevlar brake pads are best suited for small cars that don't typically do a lot of aggressive driving. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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What is the downside of using organic brake pads?

The downside of organic brake pads is that, because they're softer, they typically wear faster. As they wear, they also create more dust than other types of brake pads. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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Ceramic brake pads are ideal for which types of vehicles?

Ceramic brake pads offer great braking performance, wear well over time and are very lightweight -- all of which are important for high-performance driving. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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Why are ceramic brake pads so expensive?

Because they're mostly ceramic, these brake parts dissipate heat well, which keeps performance strong, even after repeated hard stops. They also don't break down very much with repeated use; that means they produce less dust than other types of brake pads -- and the dust that they do produce is lighter in color and doesn't stick to the wheels. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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Which is the most common type of brake pad?

Metallic brake pads are perhaps the most common brake pads found on cars today. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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What material are typically found in metallic brake pads?

Metallic brake pads are typically made of iron, copper, steel and graphite all mixed and together and bonded to form the pad material. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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Why are metallic brake pads so popular?

The reason that these pads are so common is simple -- metallic brake pads are cost-effective and durable. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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What is the downside of using metallic brake pads?

The downside of metallic brake pads is that they're heavy, which can have a (small) negative impact on the car's fuel economy. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-pads.htm">How Brake Pads Work</a>

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