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How Do I Break In My New Brake Pads and Rotors?

Did you know brake pads have to be broken in? Most car parts require being broken in before actually living up to their all-star reviews. Brake pads are no different. If you’re wondering how to break in your brake pads, then you’ve come to the right place.

Follow brake pad procedure:

Properly breaking in your new brake rotors and pads is crucial to ensuring maximum, stopping power and longevity. Here are the steps to follow for a successful break-in procedure:

Drive safely and normally for the first 400-500 miles to bed-in the brake pads and rotors.

Gradually allow the brake pads to transfer a layer of friction material to the rotors. This transfer film is crucial because it does most of the work for the brake pads during the braking process.

Engage hard braking at 40mph

What to expect from bed-in period:

Try to avoid slamming on the brakes or heavy/aggressive braking during this time, unless it’s to avoid an accident.

There may be some noise, smoke, smell and excessive brake dust during the break in period. This is normal.

Braking performance will greatly improve after this bed-in period.

Go 50mph and jam the brakes until ABS engages

After the break-in procedure:

Following these steps will ensure that your new brakes are properly bedded in for optimal performance and durability. Remember to always prioritize safety while on the road and have your brakes checked regularly by a professional


Breaking in your brake pads is necessary to prevent brake rotor warping. New brake pads are always hard. Therefore, using them casually while they’re brand new may warp your rotors over time. This is completely preventable if you perform the steps mentioned above

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