Brake pads, like tires, are a balance of factors including long life, dust,
rotor wear, cost and stopping power. You need to determine which is the
most important element to you and choose accordingly. Getting cheap pads
(or even going to a mechanic who uses them without your instructing him to)
means shorter pad life and more dust, in most cases. Some people believe
that harder pads wear longer at the expense of brake rotors - they are so
hard that they actually chew the rotors down. I personally don't believe
this is true and use the best pads I can find (usually the most expensive as
When I worked at a NAPA store 10 years ago we sold Raylock pads which had 3
series: MS(S), MAS(AS), and MES(ES). MS were the lifetime warranty, MAS was
a middle grade, and MES was something you used if you were selling the car
within the next few months. Lots of mechanics would routinely use the MAS
pads as a compromise between cost and wear. I have noticed that using these
pads on my Yukon leads to brake dust on the front wheels. I would never use
the cheapest pads on my personal vehicle.
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