|Make Your Bed|
Like a fresh baseball glove or a new set of shoes, the brake pads should be broken-in, or bedded-in for best results. After making certain the system is in operating order and the installation is complete, hit the road and bed-in the brake pads. One method is to drive the vehicle and make 8-10 full stops at moderate speeds followed by a cool-down period. Pick a boulevard with a good amount of stoplights but not a ton of traffic. After the eighth or tenth stop, park the vehicle and allow the brakes to cool for around 20 minutes. Go grab a burger and shake or quadruple latte. Do not apply the parking brake during this cool-off period. Do not drag brakes during cool off. After lunch or latte perform exactly the same procedure on the way back to home base. Eight to 10 roll-and-stops followed by a cool-down period without use of the parking brake. This procedure heat-cycles the materials in the pads so that they can keep a balance of friction while preventing the discs from getting gummed up with pad material.
Keep in mind that brake pad bed-in recommendations vary by manufacturer. Performance pads may require specific bed-in procedures unique to material in the pad. Performing a bed-in prior to normal use is a good way to insure peak performance and longevity of any brake pad after an install. Follow along with the step-by-steps for more tips for slowing down.
|After removing the wheels, use brake cleaner to remove dust and grime. Do not use compressed air. Do not breathe brake dust. Always leave one side assembled for reference.|
|Loosen the brake reservoir cover to allow air to escape. Note the brake fluid level.|
|Do not strip out any mounting screws if rotor removal is required. A light tap on the screwdriver with a hammer may be enough to loosen. If not, use an impact screwdriver.|
|On some brake systems, removal of the caliper bolts may be required to change the pads. Always consult the service manual for the proper procedure. Always torque fasteners to specification.|
|Remove the caliper if required. Never allow a caliper to hang from the brake hose. Remove the old pads and note the position of the clips, shims, and tabs.|
|In this case, the locating tab on the in-board rear pad must ride in the groove of the caliper piston for proper operation. Note that the rear in-board pad has no shim installed for this reason.|