A brake pad with a high friction coefficient (approx. 0.5) will generate more brake force than one with a low friction coefficient (approx. 0.25) when the same pressure is applied to it. Therefore in order to achieve a similar braking performance a greater force will need to be applied to the brake pedal when a brake pad with a low friction coefficient is fitted. The friction coefficient often reduces when the brake pads are heated, particularly with poor quality brake pads and this is known a brake fade.
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