- Jun 22, 2011
- Reaction score
- Abbotsford B.C., Canada.
It sounds like you are not breaking in your new brakes. This is very important. I had this problem for years. You must go from 60mph to zero by seriously mashing on your brakes when new. Then coast around til your rotors cool down. Then do it again. This imbeds the pad material in the rotors. If you don't do this right, all your rotors will ever do is get red hot when you try to stop.
Dad was a fleet vehicle owner. Between him & my Uncle they owned 29 cabs, along with a shop that maintained about 1/2 of the rest of the 175 car fleet. 4 full time employees along with Dad & Unc also pulling wrenches.
I started hanging around the shop on weekends when I was 12 or so. But, I couldn't just stand & watch with my hands in my pockets. At first, the ole man put me to work washing cars. Then it was onto the lube rack.
What do fleet vehicles go through? After fuel, it's tires & brakes.
By the time I was 13, I was mounting & balancing tires. Turning drums & rotors.
At 14 I was doing tune-ups. Plugs, points, rotors, caps & timing.
That was (*cough!*) 50 years ago.
I think I kinda-sorta know how to break-in brakes.
When I say that those el-cheapo rotors die because of 'me', what I'm referring to is my driving.
Driving is one of my great joys & I tend to be 'just a bit' on the aggressive side. Corner carving the twisty mountain backroads around here. There are some really great ones. Nothing better than spending a Sunday & a tank of gas banging off redline shifts & wearing a couple of hundred thou off of the outer edges of the front tires.
Many (Most!) times, I'm last on the brakes & first on the gas. Working on hitting the perfect apex, that perfect downshift, while at anywhere from 1/2 to twice again the posted limit on any given corner.
Off-shore OEM brakes & rotors just aren't up to that task.
They probably are running red-hot! Lol!