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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.

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Find an empty parking lot or street

All your break-in tests should be done in an empty area where you can reach speeds up to 65 miles per hour (mph) without traffic around. We’ve found that empty parking lots and streets are the best places to do this. So if you’re looking to break in those new brakes, find an empty parking lot as soon as you can!

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Engage hard braking at 40mph

What is hard braking? Hard braking is when you press hard on your brake pedal. Driving schools consider this a bad practice. However, when you are breaking in brake pads, it’s a necessary step. Hard braking at 40mph allows you to engage the brakes and warm them up for more efficient use. When braking hard, avoid coming to a complete stop.

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Go 50mph and jam the brakes until ABS engages

Much like step 2, you’ll have to employ hard braking with this step. In this case, once you reach 50mph, slow your car down hard and fast enough for the ABS to engage. Doing this will essentially wear down what needs to be worn down quickly. 

Repeat step #3 four more times

Of course, you’ll have to do repetitions in order to fully break your pads in. As you repeat step 3, remember to make sure you never reach a complete stop. Try keeping your minimum speed to 10mph for maximum efficiency.

Reach 65mph, then slow the car down to 15mph

If you feel like it would be safer to reach higher speeds, then do so with the right safety precautions in mind. After reaching 65 mph, slow the car down to 15mph as fast as possible without reaching a full stop. Full stops are detrimental to the new brake pads and their break-in period

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Let your brakes rest for 20 minutes

After any good exercise, a car will need a good cool down. Put your car in park and let it rest for about 20 minutes. This will allow the brakes to cool down and settle into their new form. So what’s happened at this point? You shaved off most of the parts that needed to be shaved off, effectively breaking in your brake pads.

Conclusion

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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