I have a 1997 Toyota T-100 extended cab 2x4 and want to know what type of brake pads or shoes go on it . I was told that the front were different than the rear and the rear are ceramic pads.

Asked by Nov 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM about the 1997 Toyota T100

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

If the rear are ceramic does that mean ceramic are better and can ceramic be used in the front ones as well or not. I know the ceramic ones are more expensive but if it would increase the longevity of the front pads as well I'd do it.I bought it new in '97 and don't drive much and have only replaced the pads twice and it's time again. What is a good price for all four brakes to be replaced? It's neither a DX nor a SR5 but is an extended cab so the trim selection here doesn't have mine in it.

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Semi-Metallic The semi-metallic pad is not as popular with motorists these days as it was in the past, and the reason for that is one simple word: noise. The semi-metallic is constructed from steel and other metals, and while it offers good performance and wears out more slowly than the organic brakes, it is also often noticeably louder than the organics. It also tends to wear harder on your rotor, which is another factor you ought to take into consideration. Still, if you don't mind the noise, the semi-metallic is a good all-around brake pad, and usually quite reasonably priced. Ceramic Ceramic pads are generally considered to be the best in quality of the four types of pads. Quieter than semi-metallic, cleaner than the organics, and the composition of the pad allows for a smoother, more consistent braking "feel." They also tend to wear out slower than the other three pads, although their performance is lowered at higher temperatures. They are also the most expensive brand of pad, usually costing up to twice as much as any of the other kinds. Still, if quality is what you're after, and you don't mind paying the extra money for it, the ceramics may be right up your alley

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