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Old 06-27-2015, 07:37 PM   #1
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Hawk Brake Pad install

So today I installed my new Hawk Performance Ceramic Pads I got from AM. I also got my rotors resurfaced and installed my caliper covers. Everything fit fine. Took it for a few drives, and the new pads have good bite. The only problem I have with them, is they make A LOT of noise when close to a stop. It is extremely embarrassing and people stare. I got these because they were supposed to be extremely quiet compared to the others.

So I am a little upset about that. I did double check how they were installed and I did apply the gel. Double checked the rotors too and they are smooth with no abnormal wear.

The caliper covers look amazing I must say. I could not get a really good picture with the rims I currently have.
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Wait, I thought you were installing brembos and wanted to know if your rims we're going to clear. What happened there?


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Old 06-27-2015, 07:41 PM   #3
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The $1,150 for the parts, the money needed for spacers, and the money needed for labor. LOL. Kept going over other people's suggestions and since our 6s don't put out alot of power nor do I track it, some nice pads and caliper covers would suffice.


But in case anyone did want Brembos for their V6 PP or GT/CS cars, you need 1/2" spacers.
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Calipers look good! You should notice the brake dust minimized as well. Maybe the pads will quite down after a bit? Keep me updated on those pads, like we discussed earlier, when I need replacing I wanted to get these as well!
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They will probably get quieter when they bed a little more.

Labor? Dude you got to stop paying for labor. It's so easy to do these jobs. If you saw how easy it really is you'd want all your money back you spent in labor.
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It's ok. I don't mind too much. Appreciate the concern though
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I have the same hawk pads in the rear of my car. I didn't notice any noise at all. I installed new rotors when I put them on because I went to the 13.8" Shelby rotor. Like mentioned before, they will get quieter as you break them in.

Sorry you couldn't swing the brembos. I don't think it matters what motor you have, upgraded brakes are a good investment. But I get it. They are not cheap.


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Looks great! I also have a set of caliper covers and love them. I'm going to paint the calipers matte black to match the covers though because with the bigger wheels I have, you can see the silver calipers and it looks tacky.
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Kevin...For your consideration.
How to Bed-in Brake Pads - The Best Technique for Bedding in Brake Pads
To be honest, I have yet to try bedding my new brakes.

Here's one by Hawks.
http://www.hawkperformance.com/sites...ts_Bedding.pdf
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How to Bed-in Brake Pads - The Best Technique for Bedding in Brake Pads
To be honest, I have yet to try bedding my new brakes.

Here's one by Hawks.
http://www.hawkperformance.com/sites...ts_Bedding.pdf
I appreciate it. These coupled with my gear break in period, really makes for boring drives. Lol
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Thanks for the info. I picked up some from AM too. Click image for larger version

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I would make sure that whomever performed the install used the provided grease on the backing plate of the pads. The only Hawk (street) pads that should make noise would be the HP+.
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The grease was applied to the backings of the brake pads. I was bored this weekend so I tried the bedding process a few times, with about 4-5 hours in between each. But after each one, I did not notice the brake pads getting any quieter. Probably put like 100 miles on just this weekend with trying to wear them down. At least I am about halfway with the gear break in now. lol

They are only noisy when I am almost to a dead stop.
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Are they squealing under light braking at low speed, or hard braking?
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light. i could brake hard to make it go away, but then I jerk to a halt and I don't like doing that to my brakes.
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I put in some Hawk HPS pads on my front wheels about a year ago, and now have some squealing under light braking. I'm pretty sure it's the little stainless clips/brackets that go between the caliper body and the "ears" of the pads. I never replaced them, and I think they loosen up and rattle.

I'd bet good money that some re-greasing of those areas (and the backs of the pads, and the face of the pistons) will solve your problem. No matter how good the grease, repeated braking cycles, rain, road grime, etc., will eventually dry it up or wash it out.
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Damn Kevin it doesn't seem like you've had much luck lately...
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Yup. And I am almost scared to order new wheels or anything else. D:

So as of now I am about 150 miles in on the new brake pads but they still make as much noise as before. Tried braking with different amounts of pressure for different amounts of time while going different speeds. I am just going to assume if it doesn't go away by 300 miles or so, that this is how these pads that I got are.
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I run hawk ceramics on my z28 and they squeak a bit. The only solution I found was to do a few full on panic stops from 70 mph and then drive around for 15 - 20 minutes to cool down. That seems to fix the issue for a few weeks-month.
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Damn Kevin it doesn't seem like you've had much luck lately...
I usually take my frustrations out by playing COD: AW for PS4
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I usually take my frustrations out by playing COD: AW for PS4

Damn, me too but on Xbox one!
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I usually take my frustrations out by playing COD: AW for PS4
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Argh!!! Well xbox one has ruled the COD world on early releases. But starting with Black Ops 3, PSN will now be getting everything a month early and Xbox users will have to wait.

Sorry for the unrelated discussion :O
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I usually beat the campaigns on Veteran to earn all of the trophies. I got the Platinum for Black Ops 1 and missing like 2-3 trophies for the MW2 Platinum. I think I got like 50% of the trophies for MW3 and Black Ops 2. I used to be a hardcore zombies player on BO1. Went to round 60 or 61 on the Black Ops 2 zombies map Die Rise.

With all my car problems and situations, I have not had time to even play the AW campaign.
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COD stopped impressing me after the first Black Ops


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Same, I played a bit of black ops 2, then never did cod again. Steady diet of Forza and IRacing in the off season.
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Same, I played a bit of black ops 2, then never did cod again. Steady diet of Forza and IRacing in the off season.

I played COD since literally the very first one. Back when it was about the actual game. Now they don't put any thought I to campaign. And the game feels like it speed up. I like tactical shooting, not run and gun.


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Then the new Rainbow Six may be closer to your style. Hopefully it is not multiplayer only (it looks like it may be).
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I played COD since literally the very first one. Back when it was about the actual game. Now they don't put any thought I to campaign. And the game feels like it speed up. I like tactical shooting, not run and gun.


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Agree! Too fast and restricted.
Prefer open world types like Far Cry 3 & 4, Borderlands 2, Just Cause2(3 coming out Dec). Also, Wolfenstein & Rage.
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This thread died a slow death...lol
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This thread died a slow death...lol
Well I don't hear any brakes squeaking.
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Trust me man, they are squeaking like there is no tomorrow. Lol
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