We’ve already talked about how to do a brake service job and how to replace your brake pads, an essential part of servicing your brakes. But did you know that brake pads need to be replaced more frequently than other brake parts? Although some can last up to 75,000 km or more, others only last around 30,000 km. Their lifespan depends on many factors, such as the material of the brake pads and your driving habits. So, what brake pads should you get? Here at NAPA, we offer four types of brake pads: regular, premium, specialty, and fleet. We’ll introduce them below.
NAPA Guide: Which NAPA Brake Pads Are Best for You?
Regular brake pads: Made for everyday driving
Regular brake pads are suitable for almost every vehicle under average driving conditions. For the average driver, these brake pads will work perfectly and are our most affordable option.
NAPA Proformer and NAPA QE Brake are both examples of regular brake pads. Most of them are ceramic brake pads or semi-metallic brake pads.
NAPA Proformer brake pads provide excellent quality for drivers on a budget. You’ll find that they work best on older and economy vehicles. NAPA QE Brake pads are engineered to aftermarket preferences to ensure proper fit and proven performance.
If you’re looking for longevity and factory performance in your daily ride, these brake pads are the ones for you.
Premium brake pads: Quieter and cleaner
NAPA Premium brake pads offer premium quality at mid-level pricing. They’re quieter and cleaner than regular brake pads, use OE-matched engineering, sound-dampening technologies, and durable materials to provide smooth, long-lasting braking.
Our premium pads are 100% chamfered, so you won’t hear any initial engagement noise. They’re OE matched to ensure proper fit and performance, better stopping, and a smooth pedal feel. The slots, also matched to original equipment, improve the stability of the pad under harsh braking. And lastly, the OE fit means improved harmonics for no noise.
NAPA SilentGUARD brake pads are part of our most extensive line of brake friction coverage for cars and trucks. SilentGUARD technology features either multi-layered fibre-reinforced or full-hard steel shims for noise-dampening that lasts through many stops.
If you’re interested in quiet braking with durable hardware, NAPA Premium SilentGUARD brake pads are the answer. If you’re switching your brake pads, consider NAPA Premium brake rotors to ensure the best fit with your new brake pads.
Adaptive One specialty brake pads: Top of the line
Adaptive One brake pads give the best performance possible and feature a unique formulation that allows the brake pads to adapt to your individual driving style. These all-ceramic brake pads are 100% chamfered and have two different ceramic formulations.
All NAPA Adaptive One brake pads use CleanCoat technology for more effective braking and cleaner wheels. They also have rubberized hardware to ensure the pads last long and operate exceptionally. Past these similarities, however, Adaptive One brake pads have been designed for specific vehicle types.
Adaptive One Passenger Car brake pads are for passenger vehicles. They feature all the benefits of Adaptive One brake pads and have Gold CleanCoat technology. If you drive a car as your daily vehicle but still want the benefits of Adaptive One technology, these are the ceramic brake pads for you.
Adaptive One R90 Euro brake pads are designed for European car brands, such as Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, or your European import. They have a premium-coated shim and Blue CleanCoat technology. They come with ECE R90 certification, required for all replacement brakes in the European Union. That means they perform within 15% of the original equipment.
Adaptive One Truck & SUV brake pads were made with the weight of your vehicle in mind. They’re formulated with Kevlar pulp for enhanced stopping power and improved heat resistance in severe circumstances, such as towing. They come with Silver CleanCoat technology.
Finally, Adaptive One Performance brake pads were developed for aggressive stopping power. They’re perfect for high-performance cars, like Mustangs, Camaros, Subarus, and Corvettes. They feature a premium-coated shim, Red CleanCoat technology, and 100% chamfered slots.
All Adaptive One brake pads offer top-of-the-line quality and work best with Adaptive One coated rotors.
Fleet brakes: Designed for businesses
When it comes to hardworking delivery, emergency service, municipal, and commercial vehicles, limiting maintenance downtime is important for keeping costs low. At the same time, no fleet owner wants to sacrifice safety.
Our NAPA Fleet brake pads were engineered for maximum brake pad life. They also offer consistent performance in all conditions—meaning they’re absolutely suitable for Canadian weather! Put together with our Fleet brake rotors, these brake pads are here to support your hardworking team.
Choosing the best brake pads
While it may be quickest to choose any old brake pads and brake rotors for your next brake job, selecting the right ones guarantees maximum safety and consistent performance. Not having the right brake pads for your vehicle can have many consequences. For example, you may have to replace your brakes more often, experience brake fade, or need more time to brake in heavy braking situations.
If you’re still wondering what you should use for brake pads, you can always talk to one of our knowledgeable associates. Your local NAPA Auto Parts expert or your local NAPA AUTOPRO service centre will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you find what works best for you.