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Common Brake Pad FAQs From Customers & Distributors


At Frontech, we work with a wide range of clients, from distributors to independent resellers, repair garages and lots more! With so many customer touchpoints, we like to hear what our clients think about our products as well as what we can do to support them further. 

Some of the most common questions we get asked tend to relate to the quality of our products – anything from “which types of brake pads should I recommend to a customer that wears their brake pads very quickly” to “what’s the minimum order quantity on brake pads and do they come in pairs”!

Below, we have outlined some of the most common FAQs we receive from clients and consumers alike:

How do you know if brake pads are worn out?

There are a few tell-tale signs that your brake pads might be worn, such as getting a signal on your dashboard (though not all cars will have this), a large mileage since the last replacement, unusual sounds when braking, difficulty braking quickly or a change in how much braking power is required to stop the vehicle under normal conditions, or even visually noticing that your brake pads are getting very thin (below 5mm). 

In theory and in perfect conditions, some brake pads may be able to withstand up to 31,000 miles of driving, however, in practice we know that brake pads can be affected by terrain, vehicle and load weight, general maintenance of the vehicle and the driver’s handling of it, amongst other factors. Find out more about when you should replace your brake pads in our guide. 

How long can you drive without brake pads?

You should never drive a car, van, or any vehicle without brake pads as doing so can cause a serious and potentially fatal accident. We see this question come up a lot as brake pads can be an easily overlooked part of vehicle maintenance, especially if you have a low mileage or do not use your car very often. Some people might even switch to a new car model before ever having to replace their brake pads!

However, brake pads are a key component of the braking system. They’re composed of painted steel plates to prevent rusting, friction blocks to help decelerate the vehicle more efficiently, and adhesive heat insulation layers to dissipate the heat generated during braking. Generally speaking, the friction block will become worn most quickly, and will usually be the reason a brake pad needs to be replaced. Learn more about brake pads and their purpose in our previous post. 

Are brake pads sold in pairs and what’s the minimum order quantity?

Yes, our brake pads are sold in pairs (sets of 2). Our minimum order quantity is 50 sets per brake pad item (specific type, style, or variation) and your total order should be a minimum of 2000 sets. As we manufacture brake pads, we can create custom styles and variations for our clients – for more info or to request samples please contact our team at sales@frontech.com.  

(See additional ordering queries and bulk-buy offers at https://frontech.com/blog/wholesale-brake-pads-front-rear-bulk-buy-offers-discounts.)

Do brake pad brands matter?

From a supplier’s standpoint, we certainly think they do! We specialise in manufacturing the top 3 most common types of brake pads which are: semi-metallic brake pads, low-metallic brake pads, and ceramic brake pads. Over the years, and with the introduction of hybrid and fully-electric vehicles (which can be heavier than standard petrol or diesel vehicles) we’ve seen a shift in the industry’s requirements for brake pads, and manufacturing standards have also changed to accommodate the needs of modern cars. 

Due to these shifts, variations in manufacturing quality can arise and some brands may be unable to keep up with the evolution of products and may continue selling older-style brake pad models such as organic brake pads that are less durable and have been phased out or upgraded over time.

With over 19 years of industry experience, we’ve maintained our position at the forefront of innovation and, through continued training, ensure our team is aware of changes in market trends and manufacturing standards alongside our strict quality control process.

Are aftermarket brake pads better than OEM?

While some vehicle manufacturers require OEM components for warranty purposes, most manufacturers accept the use of OEM-equivalent brake pads and parts that are manufactured by others. At Frontech, for example, we’re TUV certified and our products follow the same production line as OEM. 

Contact The Frontech Team

Looking for advice? You can contact us any time via our contact form, via email at sales@frontech.com, or by sending us a message on WhatsApp at +86 1531 832 9151 where a member of our team will be happy to assist. We are open from 8am to 5:30pm Monday – Friday and aim to get back to all enquiries within 24 business hours.

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Frontech brake pads supplier was established in 2002. It integrates R&D, design, manufacturing and sales, focusing on automotive braking systems. 
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