There are a variety of brake pad materials to choose from. Organic, semi-metallic, metallic, and ceramic are the most common. As a rule, we have seen competitors “Lifetime” brake pads wearing out faster than premium pads offered at our location. “Lifetime” pads usually come with a one year warranty on labor. So don’t be fooled. Having to change your brakes more often will cost you more money in the long run.
Another part of the brake system is the rotor. They are a metal disc that when the pads are compressed against (via the caliper) stop the car. They are machined to a certain thickness depending on the application. Once the thickness gets to a minimum, warping and premature pad wear will result.
ABS braking is getting better all the time. The computers are making your vehicle safer in a variety of situations. Maintaining your system requires changing the brake fluid biannually to remove moisture and contaminants from the system that could cause premature failure.