Brake pads were formerly made from asbestos, which is a good material for absorbing and dissipating heat. The major problem with asbestos brake pads is that when it breaks down, it creates a lot of dust and is hard to breathe in. Asbestos is harmful to us humans, which is why organic brake pads are now offered. They are also called nonasbestos organic brake pads. EBC brakes produce organic brake pads for all types of transportation including automobiles, motorcycles and scooters.
Organic brake pads are made from natural materials like glass and rubber, combined with resins that can withstand high temperatures. Brakes and rotors can become extremely hot and need a reliable rotor that can withstand heat. These all natural materials will not pollute the air like asbestos does. Organic brake pads are also easier to dispose of as well. The high heat from constant braking actually helps bind the materials together, to make them even better.
Smaller vehicles will benefit more from organic brake pads than larger and heavier duty vehicles. Organic brake pads are the softest brake pads and therefore, not ideal for trucks or SUVs. They also wear out much faster due to how soft they are, and create more brake dust as well. High performance vehicles should also stay from organic brake pads. Stopping quickly from high speeds is often needed and there are better pads from EBC brakes to accommodate these vehicles.
Lighter cars that do less aggressive braking will benefit more from organic brake pads. EBC brakes will be kept in good shape and last a whole lot longer than if they were installed on heavy vehicles. You may have to clean your wheels a little more often with these pads from EBC brakes.
They are also more affordable than other brake pads. Organic brake pads are cheaper to make since they use raw and natural materials. Ceramic brake pads are probably the most expensive, but are also harder than organic brake pads. EBC brakes have a wide variety of choices to accommodate anyone.
Noise is also reduced with organic brake pads. Their soft compound is very quiet during both hard and soft braking, after their initial break-in period. Harder compounds can be noisy throughout their life, which some drivers cannot deal with. The compound also absorbs and noise vibrations. If you hear noise coming from your EBC brakes, it is associated with the rotor or possibly something caught between the rotor and pad.
Rotor wear and brake drum wear is kept to a minimum with organic brake pads. They are very easy on the surface and will not create any scoring that will result in damage to the rotor. EBC brake pads are specific to your driving style, so if you are heavy on the brake pedal, these pads will not suit you. Your rotors will last much longer than if you were to use ceramic brake pads or semi-metallic brake pads.
These are very good for all around driving and highway driving. The fact that these brake pads can operate at such a wide temperature range makes them so appealing. Other pads only work their best when they see extremely high temperatures only occurring on the race track. The organic compound would wear down excessively quick and not be able to handle the heavy braking required. Organic are also cheaper than your OEM brake pads.
The softer pad also prevents any cracking. When brake pads experience high temperatures, they will sometimes crack under pressure. The organic compound is immune to any such thing and the driver will see optimal braking power every time. Pad life is sacrificed in this scenario to provide affordable and all-around brake pads. With longer lasting brake pads comes a higher price.
Water could be a challenge for the organic compound. Stronger pads can handle liquid much better and do not experience any brake fade during these conditions. The soft pad will experience some brake fade, but pumping the brakes could easily solve this issue.