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How to Choose the Right Disc Brake Pads


Replacing brake pads is a good job for the do-it-yourself mechanic. It’s not too difficult, and when you do it yourself, you can be sure you’re using quality parts and still save money. One important step is to choose the right brake pads. That depends not only on the vehicle, but also the driver. Different drivers have different expectations when it comes to how their vehicles’ brakes should perform.

NAPA’s disc brake pad lineup includes four grades: Proformer, Premium, Ultra Premium and Adaptive One. All of the brake pads NAPA sells meet the original manufacturer’s specifications for performance, and all stop smoothly and quietly.

Proformer brake pads are available for many older model vehicles and some late model cars and light trucks. These pads offer dependable performance and quality-tested formulas to ensure safety and reliability. If Proformer brake pads are available for your vehicle, choose them for a good brake job at a good price.

NAPA Premium brake pads are a step up from Proformer pads, with special formulations designed for quiet operation. Premium pads undergo the most rigorous testing and outperform competitors in overall performance. Choose NAPA Premium disc brake pads if you require better performance from your brakes.

Designed for the most demanding vehicles and drivers, Ultra Premium brake pads provide the most exact match to original equipment. Drivers that want like-new performance should choose Ultra Premium pads for the best formulation and fit for their vehicle, plus an industry-approved safety certification and a noise-free guarantee.

NAPA also offers Adaptive One brake pads, the only hybrid technology pads on the market. They use different ceramic formulations for the inner and outer pads to achieve powerful braking with no noise and low dust. Adaptive One pads are the best choice for drivers that want the best performance with no compromises.

Find the right pads for your vehicle at If you’re new to brake pad replacement or just need a refresher, learn how to do it right in our KNOW HOW section.

Check out all the brake system parts available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on disc brake pads, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

Nick Palermo View All

Nick Palermo is a freelance automotive writer and NAPA Know How blogger. Since becoming an auto news and reviews contributor at in 2011, he has broadened his coverage of the automotive industry to include topics like new car technology, antiques and classics, DIY maintenance and repair, industry news and motorsports. A committed advocate for automotive media professionals, Nick is a member of the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association.

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