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

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

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

The service life of brake pads depends heavily on the way they are used and on the brake pad temperatures. Basically, however, we can say that ATE Ceramic brake pads, particularly when they are used for braking under everyday operating conditions, are subject to significantly less wear than conventional (“Low Met”) brake pads.

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-grey “transfer film” to develop on the brake disc, consisting of very hard, wear-resistant carbides. The braking therefore no longer takes place directly between the brake pad and the brake disc, but, so to speak, on this transfer film. So the wear to the brake pad is significantly reduced.

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. These 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.

Where can the ATE Ceramic Brake pads be bought?

Wherever  Quality ATE products are available. You can find a summary of ATE Authorised Brake Centers on the ATE website

Can I also use ATE Ceramic brake pads with the Power Disc, or with perforated brake discs?

Yes, this is technically possible. 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 the comfortable driver. Basically speaking, we recommend that ATE Ceramic brake pads are only used in combination with “normal”, i.e. smooth, brake discs.

What is the meaning of the discolouration of the brake disc when ATE Ceramic and new brake discs are used?

The formation of a blue-grey layer (the transfer layer) on the friction ring of the brake disc is a normal result of using ATE Ceramic brake pads. This layer is needed for optimum function of the brake pads – in particular the reduction in brake dust. As a general rule we recommend that when the brake pads are changed, the brake disc is also replaced. 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 does not achieve optimum performance.

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

As a result of using conventional (Low Met) brake pads, a brake disc can be subject to “prior damage”, in particular to erosion of the brake disc. This then leads to differences in the thickness of the brake disc, which in turn can have the effect of a pulsating brake pedal or steering wheel shocks. We therefore recommend that the brake disc is also always replaced when changing to ATE Ceramic.

Is ATE Ceramic a ceramic performance brake pad?

ATE Ceramic is not a high-performance pad; it is a pad designed for use in normal road traffic. Ceramics should not be confused with brake pads made of carbon fibres (reinforced silicon carbide) which are used, in combination with what are known as ceramic composite brake discs, in expensive sport and luxury vehicles. Ceramic pad friction materials – known as ceramics – consist in part of ceramic fibres, filler materials, binding agent and mild abrasive materials. Typically they are characterised by a more lightweight pad, reduced noise when braking, low wear and low generation of brake dust.




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

Braking can give rise to braking noise on some vehicles. This is a known phenomenon. The braking performance, however, remains equally good. The humming therefore doesn’t have any effect on the vehicle’s braking.

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

ATE Ceramic create less brake dust than Low Met pads. They also feature lower noise and a longer service life. In terms of safety and quality, ATE Ceramic brings no penalties, as they are at the original equipment level.

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

ATE Ceramic is a new product for vehicles in the small, medium, and upper medium classes, whose drivers not only want outstanding braking performance, but also put a high value on the appearance of their vehicle and also therefore on clean wheel rims.

Is the ATE Ceramic brake pad available for every car?

ATE Ceramic is available for a wide range of vehicles in the small, medium and luxury classes. In most cases, ATE offers sets for both the front and rear axles. The range is continuously growing.

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.


Why does my braking system squeal when braking at sub zero winter temperatures?

The elastic components of the material mixture of which the brake pad is made only achieve their optimum function above a certain operating temperature which is reached after a few braking actions. This phenomenon depends heavily on the temperature and weather.


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, and therefore do not have to be recorded.

Do I have to have the pads registered at TÜV?

No, all ATE Ceramic brake pads are tested according to ECE R90, and therefore do not have to be registered

Is the same operating performance  provided for ATE Ceramic brake pads as for normal ATE pads?

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

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


Are ATE Ceramic brake pads suitable for “braking clean” a rusty brake disc?

No. ATE Ceramic brake pads are designed for long service. The brake pad was therefore developed with the aim of treating the brake disc gently together with long service from the pad. If, for example as a result of a long period out of use, the brake disc has become rusty or affected by corrosion, the ATE Ceramic brake pad does not have the power, i.e. the abrasiveness, to “brake the disc clean” again, i.e. to remove the layer of corrosion by braking.