How Much Do Ceramic Brake Pads Cost?
Ceramic brake pads are quickly becoming one of the most popular options for aftermarket brake pad replacement. They are cleaner and quieter than their semi-metallic counterparts. This makes them ideal for people who show their cars, or anyone who does not want to spend time cleaning brake dust off their rims. They also are rated to last longer than semi-metallic or organic pads and are commonly used on performance cars. The only aspect that gives some consumers pause is the cost.
How much is it?
- The price of ceramic brake pads is going to depend entirely on the make and model of the vehicle on which they are being installed. On average though, a basic set of ceramic brake pads is going to run between $35-50, where a high end set can run upwards of $200. This will not include installation. When installation is factored in, plan on spending $200 to $400 including parts. However, high-performance brake pads for premium models can cost well into the thousands.
- For example, AutoAnything.com, an online retailer that specializes with auto parts, sells ceramic brakes for $25 to $55 per pair.
- According to this NYTimes.com article, the cost of the Cayman sports car can be upwards of $8,150 as an option.
What is going to be included?
- Ceramic brake pads are one of the common brake pads installed today. Other brake pad types include semi-metallic, non-asbestos organic and low-metallic non-asbestos.
- Ceramic brake pads are made from ceramic fibers, filler material, bonding agents and they may even have small amounts of copper fibers within them as well.
- When you purchase a set of brake pads, what you will receive in the box is 4 pads (two for each wheel, each set generally only handles one axle at a time), and any shims or clips that are needed to install the pads.
- There are pros and cons to using ceramic brake pads instead of metallic.
- Ceramic brake pads are much more expensive than metallic or semi-metallic brake pads, but they are also much quieter and create much less dust.
- Ceramic brake pads do not pull heat away from the rotors like metallic brakes pads do, but they dissipate heat better.
- While metallic brake pads can be louder and can wear out more quickly, they are more aggressive when stopping and less expensive than ceramic brake pads.
What are the extra costs?
- Replacing brake pads is not something that can generally be done as a single project. If you are going to do the job on your own, other things to consider are supplies, such as an allen wrench and c-clamps, cleaning agents and caliper lubricants. You also need to assess the state of the rotors and decide whether they need to be turned (honed down to a flat even surface) or even replaced.
- While most new cars have brake pads on all four wheels, there are some that only have rear wheel brakes. If you need brake pads on all four wheels, you will need two sets of brake pads; this means that you will need to double the prices listed above.
Tips to know:
- Experts recommend that you stick to the brake pads that your car initially came with even if there are other types of brake pads that can fit your car. Your car’s braking system was designed with a certain type of pad in mind, and changing that can cause the brakes to work differently than intended.
- Spend some time researching what it is going to take to replace your brake pads whether on the Internet or by buying a manual. Make sure you have all the proper tools and parts before you start pulling the tires off or you may end up stranded and hitching a ride to the parts store.
- Take a picture with your cell phone of the brake caliper set up before you start disassembling things. This can be invaluable in making sure that everything is put back in it’s proper place.
- Ceramic brake pads are not recommended for heavy-duty towing vehicles or for racing vehicles.
How can I save money?
- Keep an eye out at your local parts stores. You may find an excellent deal on ceramic brake pads, either by themselves or as a package deal with a set of rotors. Shopping online is another great option to save money since you can find many of the same brands that are sold in stores for a fraction of the cost from brick and mortar stores. Whether you are looking to do a DIY brake job or taking your car to a mechanic, a set of ceramic brake pads is always a worthwhile investment for your vehicle.
- Changing your brake pads when needed can save you money on other costly repairs that may be necessary if you allow them to wear out and damage the rotors and other parts of the braking system.