How Brake Pads are Made

Publicerades den 3 jul 2019
Brake pad replacement? Ever wonder how to make brake pads? Usually I show you a DIY like how to replace brake pads, but in this video I show you how brake pads are made!
Brake pads from this factory:
To make brake pads, we start out with raw pickled and oiled steel. The steel gets stamped into a brake pad backing plate which gets analyzed to make sure it meets OEM specifications. Next the brake pad backing plate goes to the NRS press to get a mechanical attachment. Then the backing plates get galvanized and finally brake pad friction material is added. The manufacturer can add and friction material they want such as semi-metallic, organic, or ceramic friction material. Lastly the shim is made and installed on the brake pad and they can be sent to testing! When it is all said and done, I took the brake pads we made and installed them on my truck with new brake rotors!
The company that let me film in their factory is giving all of my fans 20% off their brakes using the code "20off" at checkout. I do not make any money from this! They are doing this to get you guys to try out their new technology brake pads and I will always share a discount to help my subscribers. Here is the link:
How to replace your own brake pads and rotors:
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Drum to Disc Conversion: Still working on this video
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  • The company that let me film in their factory is giving all of my fans 20% off their brakes using the code "20off" at checkout. I do not make any money from this! They are doing this to get you guys to try out their new technology brake pads and I will always share a discount to help my subscribers. Here is the link: This video was one of my most favorite that I have ever made! It took about a months worth of work and I hope you enjoy! It took a lot of time and work to make and NRS brakes literally closed down part of their manufacturing line so I could film this. It’s absolutely incredible how much help they were! I hope you guys like it and I hope other brands reach out so we can do more of these how-it’s-made episodes! Also I will be in Ireland for a meet-up on Saturday July 13 so check out my Instagram or SEnewss stories for more info if you are from Ireland!

    • Hi ChrisFix good work with all that you do. Your videos has helped me a lot. Yes, more how it’s made videos, thanks. Could you make videos on how to research and find stereo, suspension, and performance brake upgrades for the vehicle. And maybe: Also videos on electrical wire harness replacement for the entire vehicle. Looking forward to the next hire it’s made video!

    • Keeps being one of favo video's. Nice transitions.

    • hi chris, i have a 2013 harley 883, im trying to put back my front caliper brakes on but the pads are stuck together which wont let me attach th calipers back on? any idea how to release the pads

    • Excellent video on How Brake Pads Are Made. I would like to see future videos with other sponsors with factory tours... Happy New Years!

    • For shame - they don't make pads for my Saab with 314 brakes 🙄 would have loved to give them a try

  • Yes Chris I love seeing how things are made. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • I always liked your videos , BUT THIS IS THE BEST ONE BY FAR! Awesome Job And Keep It Up And Certainly if you get the chance make more like this one. My kids and I Love learning how things are made and your style of presenting is both engaging and entertaining Thanks

  • this is super cool

  • Very Good.

  • Guess that’s why they cost $140 for my car lol

  • Why not start off with a galvanised Steel to begin with instead of shipping them off to be galvanised after they’ve been stamped?

  • Is there a step missing after 12m30s? Holes in the backing plate are empty, and then they are not..?

  • how rotors are made

  • how struts are made

  • how tyres are made

  • I changed my rear brake pads the other day (one of the pads on the drivers side was thin but the other 3 were OK). I noticed when I opened the drivers side caliper bleeder valve to push the piston back in, no brake fluid came out unlike when I did the other side but the piston did go back in easily. I took the car for a test drive and now I get a slight whooshing sound when I press the brake pedal (NOTE: its not a hissing sound). The brakes work fine and the pedal doesn’t feel spongy, its just that whooshing sound which it didn’t make before. I can hear it when Im sitting in the car but its louder coming from the engine compartment but its only when someone presses the brake pedal. I bled all the brakes, no air came out just solid fluid but the same thing still happens. Theres no leaks as the brake fluid is still at Max level and I dont see any evidence of leaking. I did a couple of brake booster tests, turned the car on for a while then turned it off, pressed the brake pedal a few times then turned the car back on and the pedal sunk as per normal. Next I turned the car on and let it idle for a while then pressed the brake pedal and turned the car off, the pedal still stays down after about 30 seconds. Finally, I turned the car on, then when turned off I pressed the brake pedal a few times, it did get a little firmer each time and the noise stops after a couple of pumps but you can still press the pedal down if you keep pumping the brake. Any ideas?

  • Man said hold my fix let me use my craft

  • Thank You Where can i purchase this brake pads

  • Dam now know how it's made thank you for that I've never knew but yes love to see more of this on how it's made

  • And I would call you a pro mechanic because you're so good at repairing cars

  • You're pretty cool Chris fix

  • Hey you know what else you should show me what's made a break caliper Good idea right Chris fix

  • fantastic video ,make for all car parts.

  • Pls how often should I change brake pads

  • When your local auto parts doesn't have the part your looking for ChrisFix: AM GOING TO THE SOURCE!

  • You said that you have a Mazda B3000? I used to have one of those and I loved it. There was only one thing that irritated me about it. I would be driving down the road and for some unknown reason, the windshield wipers would turn themselves on, and it wasn't easy to get them shut off. I ran into someone else (a young couple) who owned one (actually theirs was a B-2000) and mentioned this to them. They looked at each other and said that they thought they were the only ones who had that issue. A design flaw I guess. That might make a good video, if you were able to fix this.

  • I'm and engineer that spent half of my working life in Toronto (Late 19's to late 1990s) making brake components. This is very simplified showing of the process, there are at least 2 dozen more steps not including making of friction material.

  • The quality of this matches and even exceeds the science channels "How It's Made"

  • Why did you test them on Tahoe?? is it worth if just caught fire just after 15 times?

  • I see your channel as education. Fix-videos as well as increased general understanding and knowledge is important. So I vote YES! Make more videos on how certain things are made and include "different qualities" as in this video - it enhances my ability to ask for and select what I want for my car.

  • "chrisfix how it's made" ... I like that!

  • Thanks Chris for showing and having NRS company to made this video

  • Wow more please this was great and the factory was very generous well done them and you too.

  • Took DIY to another level

  • This was an awesome video bro nice.

  • Do you have a tutorial on replacing brake lines? Just purchased steel braided brake lines and really want to get them in properly and efficiently. 😊

  • Very nice

  • You are supose to use brake grace made with copper or graphite on the track where the metle clips are. If you don't the pads whare unevenly.

  • just do it!

  • Well I tried the link but my pads are unavailable until further notice without any notes as to when they might be available. Business must either be great or terrible for NRS. Back to Autozone....

  • Me: looking for nrs brakes for my car

  • You are so good at explaining! Very entertaining to watch!

  • Awesome video! All the best, Chris!

  • Two months of winter driving? SMH in Canadian...


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  • How are wils are mind

  • YES, make more of these videos! IMHO, this was the best "how it's made" type video I've watched. Your video is organized, precise, clear, informative, hi-rez, and entertaining. I'm guessing that creating the video took a ton of effort, and I am probably not the only one that appreciates all your effort and creativity. Congrats on the first of what hope are more.

  • Are you sure one coil ways 4 tons?

  • I’m surprised they let you film in there but AWESOME video!!

  • yes do more

  • When i let my foot slowly off the brakes it starts to squeak what can it be ???

  • Great video 👍. But i would love to see even how those friction material is made

  • Hi Chris, it's a wonderful video and so interesting. May I know how many processes are in the first 800tons press? Thank you.

  • We want more videos like this with this kind of detail informations and walk around experience of manufacturing process of cars spare parts or full car manufacturing. Thanks.

  • Cool video . I thought all brake pads were glued .

  • This is an amazing video. What a great experience you shared with us, your viewers. Thank you! I like to know the manufacturing process of items! Keep them coming! Nice job Chris!

  • This was way too cool thanks for showing us this, Chris!

  • Thanks !

  • Well made video, and great product comparison.

  • Yes! We want more "how it was made" videos! Excellent!

  • Hi chris , i am a car mechanic at the netherlands 🇳🇱, and maybe i am late but, you don’t need to replace the brake pads if they feets get rusted, you can easily make it rust free and and use them again instead of buying new ones

  • great video & explanation 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • We expecting more videos like this

  • A couple of years late. I just found this video. Awesome. Thanks, Sir Chris.

  • man, this is a the best, most informative video on this topic I've seen, and I was wondering, why you didn't show how the friction material was made? 😔

  • Chris I like all your videos,it helps me a lot,only one question Chris,what is the best break pads to use? Thank you for your help,so many viewers you really inspired 👍👍👍

  • Amazing video. You are the best youtuber i've ever seen.

  • Extremely well done. Both you and the factory should be proud. Very informative and it's useful to know the "why" behind things so you can make better decisions when buying and when fixing.

  • If the breaks do not break then you are gonna break your life’s break!

  • Can you try to do how engines are made?

  • What's the brand of those crappy rusted pads?

  • Video starts at 3:00 because he never shuts up

  • I love your videos

  • Awesome.... Please continúe with videos " how are Made".... Greetings from El Salvador

  • I still aint buying no NRS brakes, but thanks for sharing how pads are made.

  • cool

  • Why are there many dislikes?

    • Haters gonna hate!

  • Great video Chris. Thanks to you I have bought my first pair of NRS brake pads for my Honda Ridgeline. They're being shipped from Toronto I can't wait to get them on my truck.

  • Circa Chris Farley: "you can stick your head up a bulls ass to see how a steak is made, but wouldn't you rather take the butcher's word for it". I'll take my comment with a side of beef and a hefty charge of ridicule.

  • Hey guys Chris fix here, today we are going to swap this in-line 4 for a thermonuclear reactor!

    • @ChrisFix thermonuclear power is where it’s at

    • I think an LS or something would be good enough lol

  • "SHEEN"? Is that how you pronounce Shine? Never herd it that way crazy. Awesome video though!

  • very cool

  • Wow !! Very interesting 😃

    • I'm glad you found the video interesting!

  • Wudder!!!, lmao

  • one more thing.. it's time to keep the new brakes and change the car..LOL

  • Very nice presentation 👍

  • This was a great video that surpassed the "How It's Made" show in many respects. I would love to see more videos like this. One improvement you can and should make, is provide better video coverage of the individual steps. (Instead of just showing a component going into a chamber, show what's happening in the chamber.) This is where How It's Made has you beat. They were pretty consistent in getting the viewer a close up view of all the steps. But that's the only area they have you beat. My biggest complaint with the TV show was that all to often, they left me with more questions than answers. This is where your vid really shines. You not only answered every question I would have thought to ask, you showed things I would not have considered. Like brake rotors glowing pink in a torture test!!! That shot was worthy of Mythbusters.

  • Wait wait wait. The GOOD brake pads light on fire after braking 15 times? That doesn't sound right. But who brakes 15 hard stops in a row? Teenagers.......Or anyone driving a rental 😂

  • I think there’s 1000000000000 brake pads

  • Loved the video! Please do more.

  • Hey Chris, whats a good brake rotor brand?

  • Love your work this one is especially cool

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  • It would be interesting to see how the friction material is made as well.

  • Hey ChrisFix! It is a really professional and fantastic video. You beat other how it's made videos by far! Really appreciate your videos!

  • "How brake pad friction materials are manufactured" this topic is not covered.

  • Gôod job nice education

  • chris gon be the smartereveryday but for cars

  • cool idea

  • To Chris fix, I am fairly new to your site.I already learned a lot from your videos. Showing how brakes are made was super interesting and informative. I would love to see more. Thank you

  • Can you do series on manufacturing process of muffler bearings?

  • Ayyyyyy! As a canadian i hope you had a good time here!