FWIW: I have never had ceramic pads on an MB. ALL stop well, no
problems with fade, etc with the cheap or midrange pads. The very
cheapest pads are ok, they just make your wheels dirtier. Midrange
are a little less dirty for the wheels.
OE on the MBs were organic or asbestos, depending on age. (pre 1990 MBs)
OE on the dogde were ceramic, so I used ceramic there.
DO you want or care about clean wheels?
Ceramic will keep your wheels cleaner. I've had very good luck with
cheap pads from oreely. They do make your wheels dirty. I just
clean and paint the wheels every few years with a rattlecan. Unless
you are driving on a race track, the cheap (organic) pads work very
well. If you plan to drag the brakes all the way down a mountain,
they may fade, but I never have any problem.
Ceramic on the dogde van: The anti skid accelerometer has been fubar
mostly since we got the van. Most of the time the system turns
itself off, but sometimes the LF brake drags. this ruins the discs
and pads. About 18 months ago I put new pads and rotors on; did the
ceramic pad breakin stuff; and they were wonderful.
Unfortunately, i never figured out how to snip the purple wire
somewhere buried under the console that is said to disable the
antiskid system. So the new rotors and pads are ruined. I recently
dug in to the console innards and found the accelerometer. I never
found the purple wire, but I unplugged the accelerometer, with the
same effect. Anti skid is now dead. There are 2 fuses you can pull
to disable, but it also kills the speedometer, odometer and some
other somewhat necessary systems. This is all not really the fault
of ceramic pads, but i don't think the cheap pads would cause the
rotor warping like these did.
The whole deal of the special breakin procedure for the ceramic pads
is related to not warping the rotors and putting a glaze on the
How do organic pads compare to ceramic?
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