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#1 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 12:24 PM
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Brake pad comparison aftermarket vs oem

Oem pad (advics) on the left and aftermarket wearever ceramic pad from advance auto parts on the right.
What's this grayish compound on the aftermarket brake pad? There's also more surface area on the aftermarket pad vs oem pad. I also look at a few aftermarket pads and most of them put a chamber at the leading/trailing edge of the pad rather than a fillet on the oem pad. Maybe to prevent digging in from the pad?
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I've no idea what the color difference means if anything. I do know I would want the larger coverage area of the pads in the picture on the right. Are those for the front or the rear?

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I've no idea what the color difference means if anything. I do know I would want the larger coverage area of the pads in the picture on the right. Are those for the front or the rear?
They're the front pads for the v6 or the model with larger brake.
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The only brake pads I will buy are OEM. Once I bought aftermarket brake pads and was nearly killed when they faded from a 70mph emergency stop. When got car down to 20mph they quit working and had to avoid hitting car in front of me with evasive action. After I cleaned my pants, went to dealer and shelled out the cash for WORKING OEM brake pads.

I know there are good hi-tech performance aftermarket brake pads, but I would do ALOT of homework before trusting them.
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Have you since tried to make a stop from 70 mph to see how the OEM fades?

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Have you since tried to make a stop from 70 mph to see how the OEM fades?
Yes. No problem. I think the risk are cheap aftermarket brake pads. You can skimp on alot of things, but not brake pads.
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That's good to know.

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BTW, what was the brand of aftermarket pad that you used?

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The only brake pads I will buy are OEM. Once I bought aftermarket brake pads and was nearly killed when they faded from a 70mph emergency stop. When got car down to 20mph they quit working and had to avoid hitting car in front of me with evasive action. After I cleaned my pants, went to dealer and shelled out the cash for WORKING OEM brake pads.

I know there are good hi-tech performance aftermarket brake pads, but I would do ALOT of homework before trusting them.
That's an amazing difference for just switching the pads. Makes me think something else was wrong too? I've got 45 years experience doing my own brakes with OEM, aftermarket pads, aftermarket rotors, you name it. Probably the biggest issue I've had with aftermarket parts is rapid wear of either the pads or rotors. I have also experienced noise and vibration issues with aftermarket bits. On a few occasions where there was an issue with the OEM pads, after market upgrades actually corrected it. I too have noticed performance differences between aftermarket and OEM, but nothing on the scale described above.

So after all these years of experience my attitude now is the stick with OEM unless there's a specific problem with them that needs correction that the factory has not addressed. You can really get to chasing your tail with the aftermarket bits sometimes.

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The only brake pads I will buy are OEM. Once I bought aftermarket brake pads and was nearly killed when they faded from a 70mph emergency stop. When got car down to 20mph they quit working and had to avoid hitting car in front of me with evasive action. After I cleaned my pants, went to dealer and shelled out the cash for WORKING OEM brake pads.

I know there are good hi-tech performance aftermarket brake pads, but I would do ALOT of homework before trusting them.
I had the same experience with my 99 Camry. OEM only for me.
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