Brake Shoes

Brakes are without doubt the most important part of your vehicle and keeping them serviced and inspected regularly is often overlooked. When servicing brakes it is always good sense to choose the best brake shoes you can afford for the replacement parts needed. There are many blends of brake shoes available and many regulations and standards by which brakes are made and coded.

One way to be sure you have identified the best brake shoes for your car is to look at the FMSI friction level coding which is the common rating method for brake shoes in the USA and now used all over the world. This grading system uses letters indicating nominal friction level of the brake compound ranging from E to H. The best brake shoe are the ones with the higher letter grade.

In the automotive field the best brake shoes usually have the G grade letter and do not go higher. This does not mean that brake shoes with an E or F grade letter and not good brake shoe but the grade letters are there for a very particular reason as a guide to consumers which are the best brake shoes to buy. If you have a car fitted with E or F grade letter brake shoes and you switch the a pad using a G rated brake compound you will without doubt feel a slightly stronger brake especially at first application on the brake.

The grade letters can be found on the back of the brake shoe and there are usually two brake letters, for example GF or FF or EE. The first letter indicates the nominal friction level when the brakes are cold and the second letter the brake effect that can be expected when the brakes are warm.

Many brake pad suppliers are not even aware of these grades so you can actually outwit suppliers by asking to see the brake shoes they wish to sell you. If they do not have a friction grade letter the first thing to do is NOT to buy them as these are surely untested and un graded brakes coming from a very dubious supplier. Any brake shoe factory not grading their shoe is to be considered doubtful.

So to choose the best brake shoes, ask your supplier to tell you which friction code the shoes carry that he offers you and compare it to the ones you had in your vehicle.



Car ImagePre bent brake lines for dual master cylinder (splits front and back axels for safety)




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