How to break in new brake rotors
When you get new brake rotors or pads you need to break them in
Proper break-in of your new rotors or pads ensures the maximum performance and durability of the products. The break-in procedure allows the rotors and pads to be brought up to temperature slowly, ensuring even heat distribution throughout the rotors and pads, preventing the brake pads from glazing. This process will also lay down a thin layer of transfer film from the pads to the rotor surface. Improper break-in may result in brake judder, pulsation, or excessive noise, and can also thermal shock the rotor. Brake judder can be caused by the uneven transfer of film to the rotor, causing vibrations that can be mistaken for warped brake rotors.
New Rotors and Pads Break-In
Start by lightly applying the brake a few times. Them from 30 to 35 MPH apply moderate pedal pressure slowing to 10 MPH (do not come to full stop). Repeat 6 to 8 times. Allow brakes to cool for minimum of 20 to 30 minutes. Drive with the new discs and pads avoiding excessive or high speed braking for approximately 200 to 400 miles. This will insure that you do not overheat the new rotors and cause warping
Article published by SFX Performance on 3/8/2011
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