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OEM brake pad backing plate information now available

OEM brake pad backing plate information now available to brake pad manufacturers Many car and truck manufacturers install brake pads that are mechanically attached to the backing plate. See this post on the Nucap NRS backing plate to see how that method works. Unfortunately, many brake pad manufacturers continue to bond the friction material to the backing plate using an adhesive method that doesn’t match the OEM pads. Adhesive methods simply aren’t as good as the OEM mechanical attachment methods and studies show they fail early (see this post). FSMI … Read More

Brake pad backing plate

Brake pad backing plate quality is critical to brake pad life The brake pad 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 what transfer the clamping force from the caliper piston(s) to the friction material. It has to be strong, flat and rust and flex resistant. Based on recent surveys, most backing plates don’t measure up. In fact, the surveys show that 51.1% of used brake pads failed due to … 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 … Read More

Best brake pad backing plate — what to look for

The best brake pad backing plates are made from galvanized steel The quality of the brake pad backing plate determines brake pad life Recent studies show that brakes simply aren’t lasting as long as they’re supposed to. A recent study by Frost and Sullivan shows that brakes are being replaced 34% more often than they should be. That finding is backed up by field studies conducted by the Global Brake Safety Council (GBSC). Those studies show that poor quality steel backing plates are the culprit, causing a large number of … Read More

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