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Semi-Metallic Brakes

Definition: A type of brake lining that uses steel wool instead of asbestos as a reinforcing fiber. Semi-metallic brakes give better high temperature performance and wear characteristics then conventional asbestos linings. They are commonly used on the front disc brakes of front-wheel drive passenger cars. Asbestos pads should never be substituted for semi-metallic pads when relining the brakes. Rapid brake wear will result.

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