What Are You Using to Stop Your Car?

It’s important to know which brake pads are best for you, considering that they are only the most vital system on your automobile. A lot relies on the hard work they constantly perform for you. Sometimes taken for granted, they could potentially save your life, and the life of your family. So what is it that we’re actually buying when we purchase a set of brakes for our vehicles? There are 4 basic types of brake materials: semi-metallic, non-asbestos organic, low-metallic NAO and ceramic.

4 Types of Brake Pads:

1. Semi-metallic – Semi-metallic brake pads generally consist of anywhere between 30 to 65 percent metal material which may include steel wool bits or wire, iron powder, graphite or copper mixed with inorganic fillers, and friction modifiers that hold that whole recipe together. This is the most common type of brake pad and for years the majority of automobiles used this type of friction material due to their durability. Another positive is their superior brake heat transfer capabilities. However, they tend to wear down brake rotors quickly, have noise issues, and don’t always perform as well till they are warmed up.

2. Non-asbestos organic – Typically this type of brake pad is simply known as “organic brake pads” or “NAO brake pads” for short. This brake pad material is made from such items as rubber, glass, carbon and Kevlar fibers, with filler materials and high-temperature brake pad resins. Much softer than their semi-metallic counterparts, these brake pads boast lower noise complaints and less wear to each brake rotor. The downfall of these brake pads is that they wear much faster and create a lot of brake dust build-up on the wheels, and they don’t stop your car as well.

3. Low-metallic NAO – As the name suggests, these pads are made from an organic compound mixed with minimal amounts of copper or steel. Generally they contain more than 10 percent but less than 30 percent metal. The metal in these pads provides better heat transfer and braking distances. However, this also makes the pads noisier than their organic counterparts, but not quite as dusty.

4. Ceramic – Growing more and more popular on today’s vehicles, these brake pads are put together with ceramic fibers, a variety of bonding and filler materials and sometimes even small amounts of metal. No two compositions are exactly alike except for the fact that they contain a ceramic material. Ceramic brake pads are create the least brake dust, are quiet brake pads, and offer the best braking characteristics without wearing down the rotors like the other braking compounds. These brakes don’t brake as well until they are warmed up.

The brake system is the most important safety feature on your vehicle. Talk with your auto mechanic about which brake pad will work best for you. However inconvenient it may be to have them checked, it would be much more inconvenient if they failed. Whenever uncertain about your automobile, have a qualified automotive technician check it out. Your life and your family’s life ride on it.

A Car Teenagers Would Love to Have

The time has come; you knew that this day was coming. It may be hard, but you do have to face the fact that your child is now legally able to drive. This can be a blessing and a curse. You no longer have to worry about driving them all over town, however now you have to worry about them driving all over town. This is also the time that they will start hinting at the fact that they want a car. Guess where that is going to come from. Most parents enter an agreement with their child about the terms of getting a car and what will be involved in it. However, you might still have to front some money up front if not all to get your child a car. This article will look at a few of the cars that kids may want. No, we do not want to include the over the top flashy car that they may want. These cars will offer benefits for the both of you. It’s all about compromise.

Let’s start the list with a truck. Coming from a rural small town, everyone I knew drove trucks. I even drove a hand me down truck while I was in high school. The Ford F150 was the car that I hoped that I would get on graduation. I could not have been more obvious about what I wanted. Newer models are more fuel efficient and offer the electronic features that your child may love.

If people were not driving a truck, this was another car that was insanely popular. Whether your child wants a coupe or a four door version, there are a few options for them. Again, this car gets amazing gas mileage and offers lots of interior room. You can also get a new version of this car for under $16,000.

Another style that can come coupe style or four door, is the Nissan Altima. The Altima can have the feel of a family car but also stand among other sports cars depending on the body style that you like. This car offers drivers a quiet drive and responsive steering.

If you would be more comfortable with them higher off the ground then you might want to look at a SUV or crossover. The Ford Escape is a great contender. The new models will offer high tech entertainment features, automated parking, and even have a hybrid version.

Now that you have a few ideas in mind, it is important to do your research. Having a teenage driver is something that will affect you and them. Start by looking around at different cars and then get insurance quotes to see how much it will be to have them driving those cars. By looking around and pricing the cars before you purchase, you may be able to save yourself a lot of money. Do not feel pressured to purchase something right away. Also keep in mind that you insurance will vary if the car is new versus it being old because of the type of car insurance coverage you are required to have.

3 Ways Car Dealers Will Reel You In

Most people assume that the police are obligated to tell the truth when interrogating a suspect. But that is, in fact, untrue. Tey can lie all they want. It’s the suspect who is expected to tell the truth.

Car ads are sort of like that. We all assume that they are required by law to tell the truth. Which they are, but we all know how the truth can be…stretched. Wondering what some of the most common ways that carmakers stretch the truth are?

First off, we have the fast-food switch. It only takes one trip to a fast-food joint in America to realize that the burger you see on TV is not the same one that you get for five bucks at the counter. The advertisement features a fresh-looking, bulging burger with lots of extra toppings like guacamole and double cheese, while the burger you actually end up with is usually a patty with some mustard smeared on it. Auto manufacturers use a twist on this idea: they’ll show you a picture of the top-of-the-line, deluxe model with all the extras, but flash the price on the screen for the lowest of the low models that doesn’t even come with a stereo.

They also stretch the truth by claiming that “your mileage may vary.” Don’t you just want to laugh when you hear that one? Meet Wayne Gerdes, winner of last year’s Hybridfest MPG Challenge with an amazing figure of 180 mpg! He can get nearly 60 mpg out of a plain Honda Accord due to his driving style. But that’s probably not the kind of variance car ads have in mind when they say this; more likely it’s the kind where you drive from home to the gas station more often than anywhere else. Just be sure to pay attention to the EPA combined mpg figure, not just the highway mpg one. And if you really want a car that hits 40 mpg, try looking at the 2012 Ford Focus, 2012 Honda Civic, or the 2011 Chevy Cruze.

Lastly, we have the old bait-and-switch. Advertising really hasn’t come up with anything new since the Stone Age, and here’s proof. The bait-and-switch trick (advertise the cheapest, most useless version of a product, and then when customers come flooding in, sell them the most expensive, profitable version) still brings in plenty of curious customers. In the car business, it works like this: advertise a car with the phrase “one at this price” or something similar. Then when someone shows up about the ad, redirect them using an excuse such as “it’s already been sold” or “it’s way at the back, and it would take me 45 minutes to get to it.”

Now that you know these tricks, the real trick is not letting yourself be drawn in by them. Good luck!