I just went to two different auto supply stores, both national chains.
At one I was told that the original equipment brake pads were
metallic. At the other I was told that the original equipment brake
pads were ceramic.
The car was built in June, 2000 if that makes any difference. The
first store also offered 'premium' pads that were ceramic, at $39.99,
about $10 more than the others.
The second store wanted $57.00 for the ceramic 'original equipment'
pads, and $45.00 for the metallic.
I've just read through a lot of posts on TL brake pads, and some say
that ceramic pads lead to rotor warp. I have 59,000 miles on the car
and the original pads. I want to change them before going on a long
summer drive, just in case.
I read many posts that say use original equipment equivalent and
that's fine with me, but no one says what type of pad the original
equipment was. The posts on the effects of ceramic pads make me think
that ceramics are not original equipment.
Does anyone know?