When you buy brake pads, choose from the right performance category.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As we all know, brake pads are a crucial element of your vehicle. Buy the wrong ones, or install them incorrectly, and a whole heck of a lot can go wrong—that's why we do our best to help you out when you need to buy brake pads. Starting with performance categories. Find out where your vehicle resides, and we can narrow down a selection of brake pads that make sense. Take a look:

PREMIUM:Minimal brake dust, moderate stopping power.
Akebono Euro Ultra-Premium Ceramic
ATE Original
Hawk Performance Ceramic

PERFORMANCE STREET: Noticeable increase in performance for the spirited driver.
Akebono Street Performance
Hawk HPS
Brembo Sport

AUTOCROSS/TRACK: Aggressive brakes for high-speed competitors.
Hawk Black
Hawk DTC-60
Hawk HP Plus

TRUCK/SUV: For large diameter Tire & Wheel Packages that tow or carry heavy loads.
Hawk HP SuperDuty
Hawk LTS

These, of course, are just a few of the brake pad products we offer. Search our entire inventory for a more detailed list of products well-suited to your vehicle.

Brake Pads and Rotors at the Tire Rack, Customize Your Brake System

Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Ever thought to buy brake pads and rotors online? With Tire Rack you can buy brake pads and brake rotors of your choice shipped to you, or your installer. Tire Rack has brake components to fit your vehicle broken down into four performance categories to help with the selection process. About a year ago, I noticed my Chevy Impala's brake system was not performing like I remembered. The Impala is used to get me back and forth to work in an efficient manor. All I needed was an Original Equipment replacement level brake product. I selected the Akebono ProACT Ceramic Brake Pads from the Premium Brake Pad category. I always like to use the products  Tire Rack carries to see for myself how they work in the field, so I made the purchase and got to work updating the Impala with my new Akebono ProACT Ceramic Pads.

The Akebono ProAct Ceramic Pads have met my expectations. They work well in rain and dry conditions and do not make a lot of dust. One thing I did notice during winter driving is the Akebono ProAct Ceramic Pads do have a little more initial bite as the front wheels have locked up a few more times than last winter with my O.E. brake pads (no ABS on the Impala). No worries; a small change to my braking style and I'm happy with the overall performance of the brake system on Centric Premium Brake Rotormy car.

Not to forget the brake rotors, as its always a great time to replace brake rotors and brake pads at the same time. The Centric Premium Rotor is a great Original Equipment replacement rotor. One thing I really like about the Centric Premium Rotor is the Electrocoating (E-coating) black finish. The finish really makes the rotors look sharp especially if you have a wheel that shows the rotors or, have a winter wheel that shows the rotor more than the summer wheels.

Check to see which rotors or brake pads work best for your car at Tire Rack. Tire Rack has many brake system options to chose from. I just wanted something like the Original Equipment brake system.  You may want to step it up for some additional performance. Tire Rack can offer you the custom brake pad and rotor package to meet your needs.

HAWK HPS Brake pads

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 by Mac McNabb
Brake LogoAre you looking for more initial bite and grab with your brake pads? Do you always buy the best in tires like Michelin, Bridgestone, or Continental? The Hawk HPS pad is the pad for you! 

From a heavier vehicle to a sporty compact, the Hawk HPS pads are some of the best pads money can buy. Best-in-class stopping power, initial bite, and livable road manners! Low dust, quiet and long lasting. Perfect pairing for your BMW, Miata, 350Z, Mustang or even the family sedan or mini van!

Hawk HP Plus Race brake pads"I wanted something that would perform better than stock and this combo fit the bill." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review

"Stopping distance in my VW Golf has been reduced from 164ft@60mph to 133ft@60mph (G-Tech readings)" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review

Did you buy car brake pads at Tire Rack?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
If you recently purchased a set of car brake pads from Tire Rack, we'd love to hear what you think about them. Were they everything we said they would be? Are they meeting your expectations? Good or bad, we want to hear about your car brake pads.

We like to collect this information for a variety of reasons. One, it gives our customers something to reference as they come to a purchase decision. Two, it helps us keep tabs on our products—we want to make sure that they perform to the levels described to us and, in consequence, to you. In essence, it helps us maintain an inventory with such high standards.

Click here to fill out a Brake Components Survey. We promise it won't take long.

Did we recommend an installer to help with your brake pad replacements? Let us know how they did.

And last, but certainly not least, we thank you again for your purchase.

Looking for Acura brake pads?

Monday, January 11, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Shopping by vehicle is the best way to determine appropriate brake component upgrades. If you drive an Acura, you'll want brake pads that correspond to your Acura's performance level. It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) that installing the wrong brake components can lead to a whole slew of performance and safety issues.

If you drive a 2009 TSX (shown), we'd recommend the following Acura brakes:

ATE PremiumOne Pads: "Very quiet and vibration-free. Stopping power is strong and consistent. On par or better than stock brakes so far." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, Saab 9-2X Aero, MI

Akebono ProACT Ceramic Pads: "I wanted something better than stock, with little fade, and less brake dust that would not eat up my rotors. These fit the bill. I've taken the same pads through two track days, and a mountain run and experienced little to no fade and very little dust." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, Lexus GS430, GA

Hawk HPS Street Brake Pads: "I couldn't believe that brakes at this price could be so good. Needless to say I will buy Hawk HPS for every car I own...getting these brakes to fade even a little takes lots of effort." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, Mazda Miata, PA

Search for Acura brake pads.




Before you buy brake pads, you'll want to read this.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Brakes are a fairly important component of your vehicle. As such, they should always be installed by a professional mechanic. Incorrect installation compromises performance and, of course, safety. That's why, when you buy brake pads from Tire Rack, we take the time to recommend an installer.

So, how do you know when brakes need to be replaced?

Disc brake pads and rotors wear with use, so you should keep a close eye on them. Brake pads should be replaced when there is 1/8" to 3/16" of friction material left on the steel backing plate. Brake rotors should be replaced before they reach the "Worn Rotor Minimum Thickness" limit, which can be found on the edge of the brake disc.

This, though, is different if you're replacing brake pads used for racing. Read all about it in "Brake Pad or Rotor Inspection and Replacement." It's just one of many articles in our Brakes tech library.



Tire Rack: Your one-stop online wheel shop!

Friday, November 6, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Like clothes and computers, you can buy wheels online. And at Tire Rack, we do our best to be your top choice for an online wheel shop. Our shopping tools are designed to enhance your buying process, giving you expert fitment and performance advice at every opportunity. And that's all available to you because we've spent years training on and testing the various products we sell—from brake pads and wheels, to winter tires and shock absorbers.

Our extensive collection of wheels features a number of high-quality brands that are available exclusively at Tire Rack:

Kazera
Kosei
moda
MSW
O.Z. Racing
Rial
Sport Edition
Sport Muscle
Sport Tuning
TRMotorsports
Zinik

See our complete collection including American Racing, Breyton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Enkei Performance Series and more.

Search by vehicle and enter our Upgrade Garage, which will show you all of the products—including wheels (right on your vehicle, on the screen)—that we have for your vehicle.

Need new brake pads?

Monday, October 26, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
We hear you. And if we were driving next to you—we could probably say that literally. Stop the squeal and get new brake pads. With a quick search by vehicle, Tire Rack will guide you to new brake pads. We do, after all, have quite the collection.

Check out what some consumers are saying about their new brake pads:

"The pads are very responsive, they have terrific stopping power, and they have better fade resistance than even the ceramic pads I have tried. I am very satisfied with these pads and would definitely buy them again." Brembo Sport Brake Pads

"After 600 miles of city/highway and a drive through the mountains, I must say that I am very impressed! The bite on them is absolutely phenomenal with very little if any brake fade under hard braking conditions." Hawk HP Plus Race Brake Pads


"They stop every bit as well as a factory pad, they are very easy on the rotors and wear even. The best part is, zero brake dust."
Satisfied Pro Ceramic VS Pads