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FAQ ATE Ceramic brake pads

Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

Does the ATE Ceramic brake pad provide ceramic high performance?

The ATE Ceramic is not suitable for high performance or racing! The brake pad has been designed for use in normal road traffic and offers a longer service life, less noise and significantly reduced brake dust formation on the rims under normal driving conditions. ATE Ceramic brake pads should not be confused with brake pads for ceramic composite brake discs used in high-priced sports and luxury vehicles. In contrast to conventional brake pads, ATE Ceramic brake pads contain mild abrasives and no steel components. ATE Ceramic brake pads are designed for drivers who demand comfort. Under these driving conditions, the brake pad offers longer brake pad and disc life, less noise and significantly reduced brake dust on the vehicle rims.

As a matter of principle, we do not recommend using the PowerDisc or perforated brake discs in combination with ATE Ceramic brake pads.

General questions

Is the braking performance of ATE Ceramic comparable to that of original ATE or other OE brake pads?

The braking performance of the ATE Ceramic pad provides maximum safety at the same level as original equipment. Our tests have shown that even professional test drivers were unable to detect differences in braking performance between original ATE or other OE pads and ATE Ceramics, even under extreme test conditions. All ATE Ceramic brake pads are also tested for compliance with ECE R90.

General questions

Why is ATE now offering an ATE Ceramic range in addition to the established original ATE?

ATE Ceramic is a product for vehicles in the small, medium, and upper medium classes. The drivers of these vehicles not only demand outstanding braking performance, they also place high value on the appearance of their vehicle and consequently on clean wheel rims. The ceramic pad is also more environmentally friendly than conventional brake pads, as less brake dust is generated and the pad mass is copper-free.


Is the ATE Ceramic brake pad available for every car?

The ATE Ceramic is available for a wide range of vehicles in the small, medium and upper-medium classes. Ceramic brake pads are generally available up to a limit of 225 kW. ATE usually offers kits for both front and rear axles. The range is continuously growing.


Where can the pads be bought?

Wherever ATE products are available. You can find a summary of ATE sales partners easily using our PartnerFinder PartnerFinder .


Do ATE Ceramic brake pads have the same warranty as normal ATE brake pads?

Yes, there is no difference here between original ATE and ATE Ceramic.


Do I have to register the pads with the TÜV?

No, all ATE Ceramic brake pads are tested according to ECE R90, so they don’t have to be registered.


Do the pads have a GOP (General Operating Permit) according to §20 of the German Road Traffic Permit Act (StVZO)?

ATE Ceramic brake pads are tested according to ECE R90, so they don’t have to be registered.


Is the range of ATE Ceramic accessories identical to that of the original ATE?

As a rule, the range of accessories is identical.

Technical question

Can I also use ATE Ceramic on just one axle?

Use on just one axle is possible. To get the best result in terms of low brake dust production, however, ATE recommends that ATE Ceramic is used on both axles together with new brake discs.

Technical question

Can I also use ATE Ceramic brake pads with the PowerDisc, and with perforated brake discs?

The braking performance of this combination remains as good as with an ATE original or an OE brake pad. The way the two components work together, however, can result in an increase in braking noise. ATE Ceramic brake pads have been developed for drivers who want comfort. Basically, we recommend only combining ATE Ceramic brake pads with “normal”, i.e. smooth brake discs.

Technical question

My braking system, which has sporting brake discs, hums when braking from high speeds. Is this normal?

We do not recommend using Ceramic brake pads with sports brake discs.

Technical question

Is there any experience, or test results, to show that rims really do get less dirty with ATE Ceramic?

Yes, extensive test results are available. They show that when ATE Ceramic is used, the rims become significantly less dirty than when conventional (“Low Met”) brake pads are used. This is particularly true for braking under everyday operating conditions.

Technical question

How long do ATE Ceramic brake pads last in comparison with conventional brake pads?

The service life of brake pads is highly dependent on the usage profile and the pad temperatures. Generally, however, it can be said that ATE Ceramic brake pads wear less than conventional (“Low Met”) brake pads, especially when braking under everyday conditions.

Technical question

Does using ATE Ceramic have any effects on the service life of the brake discs?

After a short running-in phase, the use of ATE Ceramic causes a blue-gray “transfer film” to develop on the brake disc, consisting of very hard, wear-resistant carbides – so braking no longer takes place directly between the brake pad and the brake disc, but on this transfer film, significantly reducing brake pad wear.

Technical question

Which features of ATE Ceramic are better than those of conventional, European brake pad mixtures (Low Mets)?

ATE Ceramic pads create less brake dust than Low Met pads. ATE Ceramics are also less noisy and have a longer service life. When it comes to safety and quality, there are no compromises with ATE Ceramic, because the pads are at OEM level.

Technical question

Can I “clean” a rusty brake pad by braking with an ATE Ceramic brake pad?

No, because there is less abrasion than with conventional brake pads.

Technical question

What does the discoloration of the brake disc mean when ATE Ceramic and new brake discs are used together?

The formation of a blue-gray layer (the transfer layer) on the friction rings of the brake disc is normal when using ATE Ceramic brake pads. This layer is necessary to keep the pads in perfect working order and, in particular, to reduce the formation of brake dust.

Technical question

Can ATE Ceramic brake pads also be fitted in combination with used brake discs?

As a general rule we recommend replacing the brake discs and the brake pads at the same time. Brake discs that are run in or used may well have been subject to prior damage such as erosion. This can mean that combining a new ATE Ceramic brake pad with a used brake disc will not achieve the best possible performance.

Technical question

Are Ceramic brake pads also available for classic vehicles?

No, unfortunately we do not offer Ceramic brake pads for classic vehicles.