Kevlarï¿½ - a revolutionary, space-age aramid fiber is the key to the superior characteristics of Bowes Brake Pads. This is the same fiber used in bullet-proof vests. Kevlarï¿½ replaces conventional asbestos as the key friction ingredient. Kevlar'sï¿½ ultrahigh tensile strength and heat resistance qualities improve the friction material's performance. This provides long, safe, quiet, worry-free driving.
Myths About Kevlarï¿½
One Kevlarï¿½ pad can be used to replace both standard and semi-metallic pads.
False - There are standard and semi-metallic Kevlarï¿½ pads. Kevlarï¿½ is a replacement for asbestos, not metal. An improved alternative for asbestos, Kevlerï¿½ is compounded with metal to make semi-metallic pads. Where originally equipped with semi-metallic pads, a semi-metallic Kevlarï¿½ pad should be used.
Kevlarï¿½ pads are noisier than standard asbestos pads.
False - Kevlarï¿½ is actually softer and thus quieter than asbestos. Chatter and squealing are caused by improper installation (not turning the rotors, etc.) and improper application (using an organic Kevlarï¿½ pad where metallic is recommended). Using an organic pad in the place of a metallic causes the pad to glaze and crack due to heat. The Kevlarï¿½ in the metallic pads work with the metal to reduce heat, prolong pad life and operate quieter.
Kevlarï¿½ pads don't last as long as asbestos pads.
False - Kevlarï¿½ actually lasts longer than asbestos. Only in improper applications will Kevlarï¿½ fail prematurely - as will any pad improperly installed. Kevlarï¿½ pads outlast and outperform conventional pads.