Re: CONFIRMED! Heavy duty brake bolt on implace of ND brakes
Yeah, i could have. When I bought the rotors and pads i had plans for a family member to install, but as my uncle fell really ill my plans collapsed. After more than 25 years of not touching a brake system, i felt it was better to pay for peace of mind. The guy told me to "bed-in" my brake pads--something I dont recall ever hearing before. That made a huge difference in the brakes performance. I am glad he told me what to do, I would have still be wondering why my brakes were not working well.
bedding-in the pads (source: web):
Brake-pad bedding is an important process that removes impurities from the surface of the brake pad and lays down a thin layer of pad residue on the rotor surface. This is accomplished through repeated heated and cooling during braking. These cycles are like Goldilocks and the three bears: temperatures need to be just right to prevent scarring of the brake pad and rotor surfaces, or uneven pad transfer. Follow these easy guidelines and enjoy quiet, smooth and long-lasting braking. While every manufacturer has a different method for bedding in their brake pads, the basics remain the sameóregardless of brand.
After installing your new set of brake pads, follow these simple steps:
Find an open stretch of road that will allow you to safely stop your vehicle multiple times
Accelerate to 35 mph and apply moderate brake pressure to reduce your speed to 5-10 MPH
Repeat this process 3-4 times, the goal is to warm up your brake pads
Now turn up the heat even more by increasing your speed to 45 mph and braking down to 10 mph
Repeat this process 3-4 times
Pro Tip: Itís important to avoid coming to a complete stop during this stage as itís possible to melt brake pads against hot rotors. Of course, should a deer, pedestrian or Sasquatch run onto the road, feel free to mash the brake pedal. Safety first!
Your stop-and-go session is now complete. Park the car and allow the brakes to fully cool for an hour. For best results, avoid pressing down on the brake pedal when parked
While bedding in your brakes can sound like a sensitive procedure, one funky stop isnít going to ruin your efforts. Thereís no need to stress out, just drive safely and avoid emergency stops if at all possible.