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Best brake pad backing plate

Brake pad backing plate quality is critical to brake pad life The backing plate is just as important as the friction material The friction material on your brake pads may stop your car, but the brake pad backing plate is the foundation. It has to be strong, flat and rust and flex resistant. Most backing plates don’t measure up. In fact, recent tests show that 51.1% of used brake pads failed due to rusted backing plates, and that rust occurred long before the friction material was used up. For more … Read More

Brake pad backing plate types

What is a brake pad backing plate? In a disc brake design the friction material, also called a friction block or “puck” is attached to a steel brake pad backing plate with rivets, adhesive, or a newer NRS™ mechanical retention system. The backing plate is made from steel and transfers force from the brake caliper piston evenly across the backing plate to apply the friction material to the brake rotor. Riveted brake pads—the oldest and least reliable bonding method Drilling or stamping holes in the steel backing plate weakens it … Read More

Brake pad backing plate

Why is the brake pad backing plate material so important? What you need to know about brake pad backing plates Depending on your braking habits and the terrain, brake pads used to last about 40,000 miles. But that’s changed and not for the better! Recent studies show that brakes simply aren’t lasting as long as they’re supposed to. In fact, studies conducted by research group Frost and Sullivan show that brakes are being replaced 34% more often than they should be. That finding is backed up by field studies conducted … Read More


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