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Old 03-18-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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New Brakes; now mushy?

Just installed new ceramic brake pads and it was a pretty snug fit. Now my brake pedal feels mushy like I have no brake pressure. When I heavily apply brakes it doesn't pull to either side, I have no pinches in the lines and when I checked brake fluid it seemed full. Maybe the brakes just feel different because of how new they are? It's just a little unnerving..
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Did you bleed everything good?
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This happened to me. Make sure you bleed all the breaks and the reservoir where you pour in the break fluid I think there is a place to let that air out. That's what I did and it worked.
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Sounds like you need to break the pads in. 60-20 mph, 8 times. Drive around for a few mins, then do it again. Some pads need to have the bonding agents cooked out of them. If your smelling the brakes during break in your doing it right. Avoid stopping with your foot in the brakes. That's how rotors warp.
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Depending on the pads it may take more heat. My hawk hps pads took 6 100 - 20 stops to really get them bedded
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Re: New Brakes; now mushy?

I just drove around for a good 45 mins running some 55-25 stops and everything is all good now. Getting better each stop. :]
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Get them good and hot. When they start to smell there just staying to break in. you want to very ask of your break in done fast or they will never break in fully.
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Re: New Brakes; now mushy?

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Get them good and hot. When they start to smell there just staying to break in. you want to very ask of your break in done fast or they will never break in fully.
Um... what??
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Um... what??
The binding agents in the pads need to be cooked out our the pads end up "green". It can cause premature pad degradation, uneven wear on the rotor. If a pad is half broken in the binding agents deeper in the pad don't cook out and you end up with squeaky brakes and pads that only work properly at the edges. Break them in hard.
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But only on performance pads that recommend it
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Bleeding brakes is a two man job one man pumps the brakes. Several times then holds the pedal down while the other slightly opens the valve at the back of you caliper if only fluid comes out your good but usually you'll hear a bubbly sound and air nd fluid will squirt out you then close it. Then he let's off the brakes repeat until satisfied and owe bout the bonding agent I usually get some very fine sandpaper and sand a very little off I find it helps
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