Bedding Your Brake Pads in the RIGHT Way

22 Aug

Bedding your new brake pads is one of the most often ignored, but critical aspects to ensuring the pads operate as they should, and last as long as they should. All too often, customers experience odd noises, vibration, grabbiness, lack of response, etc, all due to improper pad bedding. Here is how to bed your brakes, the right way. This guide was written by Endless, but applies to all pad compounds out there.

PRE-BEDDING PROCEDURES:
-Please make sure pads are mounted on clean disks free of contaminants, dirt and friction material if switching to Endless brake pads from a different manufacturer. This can be done by resurfacing the rotor surface. This will ensure the best performance from Endless brake pads.
-Make sure the brake pads are installed correctly.
-If using Endless brake pads on the racetrack, please use rotor temperature paint on the brake rotor’s vanes and cheeks to monitor disk temperatures, and this will also assist in making sure the brake system is working at optimum conditions.
NOTE: This is especially needed if using Endless brake pads with Porsche PCCB, Brembo/SGL CCM, or Nissan NCCB brake disks on the racetrack. Brake disk wear on OEM CCM disks can greatly increase if the disks are used beyond the acceptable temperature range. Please do not use CCM disks for extended periods of time over 600 degrees Celsius. If the pink temperature paint has turned white on the rotor cheeks, then extra care should be taken.

BEDDING INFORMATION: Brake pad bedding will help optimize the overall braking performance of Endless brake pads by laying down a transfer layer of pad friction material on the brake rotor. This utilizes the adhesive friction properties of brake pads and disks to offer best braking performance. Bedding also burns off the initial bonding resins and helps seat the pad on the disk. Proper bedding involves slowly heat
cycling the pads and disks so that initial pad glazing, and other potential issues are avoided as much as possible. This will help the Endless brake pads and disks last as long as possible.

BEDDING:
 Please allow plenty of safety space when performing bedding. Please do in a safe and controlled environment.
 Using 70-80% pedal pressure, stop the car from 85 mph to 25 mph for a total of 5-8 braking events. The brakes should start feeling better by each stop. DO NOT bring the car to a complete
stop, especially holding the right foot on the brake pedal on hot brake disks.
 Do not use left foot braking for bedding procedures.
 When bedding, bring the brake rotor temperatures to 400C. If the disks have temperature paint on them, the green paint should have turned fully white.
 Let the brakes cool down to ambient temperatures before hard use.
 If performed on a racetrack, 2-3 hot laps around the circuit at race speed should be enough to complete bedding of pads and disks.
 Please take a close look at the brake disks after bedding, to ensure and even pad transfer onto the disks

One Response to “Bedding Your Brake Pads in the RIGHT Way”

  1. Craig February 21, 2012 at 8:15 PM #

    Realistically, if you want the best bed in you can possibly get, then you should drive around the vehicle for a couple hundred miles to really hammer it home. Additionally, it is just as important as it is to bed in your pads correctly as it is to check over your brake rotors during the brake pad swap to make sure there is no glazing there and that the rotor is at spec. Grabbiness of the brakes can also be caused by these problems as well so be aware of this.

    Source: http://www.cquence.net/blog/considerations_for_bedding_in_brake_pads/

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