Accelerator Pedal Pad
There's a bit of footwork involved when driving a car. You don't just steer the wheels to the right angle but also have to maintain the right amount of pressure when stepping on the brakes or accelerator (or even the clutch pedal if you're driving an M/T). With coordinated footwork, you can control speed easily, decelerate or stop smoothly, and shift gears steadily. The pedal surface, however, can get slippery once the pedal pad breaks, tears, or wears out. Without a good pad to cover the pedal, things can get a bit uncomfortable. Your foot on the pedal may slip, causing you to lose a bit of control when maintaining your speed, braking, or shifting gears. Before this causes you some driving inconvenience, might as well shift to a new pad.
Things to look for when buying a new pedal pad
Type of pad. There's a pad for the brake, clutch, or gas pedal. Be sure not to mix them up if you're looking for a replacement for a worn-out pad. If you're actually eyeing a set of pedal pads to give the pedals and the rest of the car interior a brand-new new look, then choose a pack that's designed for either an automatic or manual transmission. For customized pedal pads, find options for specific vehicle makes and models for a direct fit.
Material used. Pedal pads can be made of soft and flexible rubber, rigid and durable steel, or more sophisticated aluminum. If you want just a simple replacement, rubber pads are good enough options. They can bring back the comfort of having a non-slippery pedal surface. But if you want a sports car look or a more customized style, you can always dress up the bare pedals with aluminum pads. A great choice would be pads that are constructed out of T6061 aluminum. Steel pads are another option if you want something sturdy. These pads are manufactured with steel cores and studs.
Design. Pedal pads come in various style patterns. For aluminum pads, common design options include milled lines, multi cylinders, flames, honeycomb, and horizontal bars. Rubber pads, meanwhile, come in simpler, less intricate designs compared to aluminum pedal covers. Style patterns on aluminum pads are more distinct than on rubber and steel pedal covers. Available pedal pad finish includes chrome, powdercoated black, polished, and black. Choose a design and finish that match the overall look of the vehicle, whether you're going for a more rugged look, more practical design, or a more sophisticated interior.
Installation. Some pads are designed to install easily, with no drilling needed. They're meant to replace worn-out or cracked pedal covers, with the same design, quality, and construction as the OE pedal pad. Others, however, require some drilling. A hole must be drilled in the existing pedal to fit the pad.
Price. The price range varies widely according to type, material, brand, design, and application. A single rubber pedal pad, for instance, can cost as low as 5 USD. A steel pad can be bought for about 25 USD to 50 USD per piece. A set of 2 aluminum pads may cost over 60 USD, while a set of 3 ranges from almost 50 USD to more than 150 USD.
Warranty. Some pads come with a manufacturer warranty as an assurance for the products' quality. The warranty can cover as long as 2 years and may not have a limit on the mileage.