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Old 06-10-2016, 08:51 AM   #1
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Hey all, over the weekend I changed out all of my brakes. New rotors and Brembos up front, new larger rotors in back. Stainless steel lines all around. This morning was my first "long" drive with them. When I pulled into work I could smell something burning. I figured it was my brakes. Yep, the rear rotors were on fire, especially the driver rear. Fronts were fine. Any ideas why?


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Didja use a caliper piston rotation tool to install the rear pads? If you didn't, you've jacked up the rear calipers and will need to replace them.
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Yeah, I rotated the piston to seat it in order for it to fit over the pads and rotor.


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Check the e brake. Disconnect the cables and see if that helps.
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were they on fire or were they smoking? Bedding new pads will cause them to smoke. If you installed the 13.8 rears and were able to pump enough heat into them during a commute to set them on fire, you would have had to notice the obvious amount of drag from that corner.
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No fire. They were just very hot b


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was traction control coming on? maybe messed up speed sensor? Any drag on wheels (hard to test I know)
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No traction control light. There was probably drag, I wasn't really paying attention this morning. But now that I've been thinking about it, my car didn't coast as well as usual.


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make sure the caliper is free on the pins and the piston is in far enough.
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Sounds like one or both was probably dragging. Happened to me after I took my brakes off to paint the calipers. I took it all off, cleaned up the hub, rotor hat, and rusty brake pad backings, and put it all back together. Works fine now but I cooked my pads and rotors when it was dragging. I think it was either the ebrake cable not seated right or the crumbly rust bits causing extra pressure.
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Update: drove home and all rotors were of normal temperature. Definitely digging in the rotors, I guess I'll just keep an eye out.


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