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    Break in for brakes

    While I got my tires rotated for free, I got my brakes checked for free at the tire shop today. As I figured, the pads are toast. The rotors, unfortunately, wouldn't have much of any life left, so it's time for new pads and rotors.

    My question is whether or not there is a break in period I should follow to ensure maximum component life. The owner's manual says 500 miles for factory equipment. Should I follow that, or is there something else I should reference? Thanks guys

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    Read the brake pad/rotor manufacturer's recommendations for proper break-in.

    Depending on the rotor, pad composition, and pad type there are different methods of proper break-in. You can do it in an intense 2 hours of rural driving or you can let nature take its course and drive the car in an urban environment for a week or so.

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    Personally, I never break in or bed new brakes, at least not intentionally. I just install 'em and use 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner409
    Read the brake pad/rotor manufacturer's recommendations for proper break-in.
    ^^This^^.

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    i ran the front desk of an auto shop for a while dealing with customers and whatnot.... i was always told by the old school mechanics to try and not do any hard panic type stops for 100 miles or so with new brakes and everything should be fine

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    Funny, that is the exact opposite of GM's (and I think most brake pad manufacturers) bedding procedure. Honestly, I think you'd be OK either way.

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    Basically pads need to be "baked". Most of the more expensive higher quality pads are already. The cheaper less expensive pads need to be done by the installer or driver, by making several stops with a bit of cooling between them.

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    Thanks guys. If there is instructions with the new ones, then I will go off those. If not, I will follow the procedure defined in the owner's manual. I will also give the FSM a look see.

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    Why do you think you need new rotors?
    Rotors don't wear out like pads. They usually only need replaced when damaged. (like when the pads are completely gone )

    I usually buy high quality pads, install them, then drive it.

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    Quote Originally Posted by bigm57ict View Post
    Why do you think you need new rotors?
    Rotors don't wear out like pads. They usually only need replaced when damaged. (like when the pads are completely gone )

    I usually buy high quality pads, install them, then drive it.
    They measured the rotors. They are tenths of millimeters from discard specs as listed in the FSM. Figured better to replace them now and be safe than try and use them and be sorry.

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    Yep ^^^^ EVERY brake rotor has a go/no go discard thickness specification. It is illegal - federal - for any shop to re-use rotors that are out of spec.

    If a truing cut or skim will place the rotor thickness at discard spec it cannot be re-used.

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    Agreed. If they are that close, replace them.

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    Re: Break in for brakes

    I would do some homework and first decide on what type of pads you want. Some pads (i.e., ceramic) will produce less (or virtually no) brake dust, but they may have less stopping power (for EVERYDAY street use) than others ('organic', for instance). I was suffering from lack of stopping power on my DeVille and my Chevy pickup. I did some research and ended up replacing ceramic pads with EBC "Green Stuff" pads on both vehicles, and I noticed a huge improvement in stopping power. EBC included very specific bedding instructions with their pads.

    Here's a nice one-page article from Hot Rod magazine that talks about brakes and bedding: http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/c...y/viewall.html

    Additionally, there are tons of good articles at the page that Submariner409 posted: http://ebcbrakes.com/technical-articles/

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    Both sub and I have RedStuff pads, and I think I can speak for both of us, that we're very happy with them in all aspects.

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