About a year ago I had some issues with my front brakes. They were not doing an adequate job stopping my car, causing me to compensate by leaving a longer following distance – and driving very defensively. After an inspection by my mechanic, he determined that a brake job might be a good idea, even though it seemed the brakes were not that worn. (For my mechanic friends, the calipers were not “frozen” or sticking).
After some research on the internet, I realized that the factory brakes were the lowest acceptable stopping power for my vehicle, and that I had alternatives instead of just putting new Original Equipment Manufaturers (OEM) brakes in the car.
Racing technology has given us Drilled and slotted rotors, and ceramic brake pads. This is superior stopping power! Ceramic pads don’t give off black dust and last longer than regular brake pads. Drilled and slotted rotors dissipate heat faster than inexpensive steel rotors, so there is no “fade” or reduction in stopping power.
If you carry precious cargo, like children and pets, consider High Performance Braking sets of ceramic disks and rotors for your car. I used Power Stop: High performance Brakes. Make sure you get the right set for your make and model vehicle!
Even if you just want better stopping, and your rotors are still in good shape, consider Performance Ceramic Brake pads.
Drive Safe and Make sure you can stop on a dime!
Update: Now with 95,000 miles, I just installed a Powerstop disc brake and rotor set for all 4 wheels on my minivan. Stops on a dime!