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Old 05-20-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Brake pad/rotors changed, don't feel the difference at all

Got my front brake pads and rotors changed at my dealer ( regretting that decision) about a month ago after the brake light came on and I could feel how worn my pads were. I brought it to my dealer in Allentown, PA and asked to see what brakes they were going to change before just doing random s***. The tech showed me the front brake pad which was almost gone and almost to the brake sensor.

Since then I've barely felt a difference in braking force and I feel I still have to press the brakes as hard as I did before. I feel like I wasted my money and I wanted to know what else could cause my brakes to feel worn still?? Also my rear brakes are still good.

Someone told me to brake them in for 500 miles? Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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Did they flush the old fluid, that helps on pedal feel as well
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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You have the bed the pads in...try Zeckenhausen.com...they have a good tutorial.

After you bed the pads in, they'll bite better.
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Thanks for help fellas, much appreciated. Will check in to doing that!
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:06 AM   #5
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grad some new fluid and ss brake lines that should make it better than new
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:09 PM   #6
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you have the bed the pads in...try zeckenhausen.com...they have a good tutorial.

After you bed the pads in, they'll bite better.

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It's not too late to bed them in? I saw te process on the website and I feel like having the brakes on for a month it's useless? Is this true?
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Mine stilll make noise when hot. Sometimes even cold, I had them on for 3 months. Is too late to bed aswell?
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you can rebed brakes at anytime unless your in minimums.. your just making a even flat surface for the contact to the rotors.. you can do it with 20% left
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:41 AM   #11
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Got my front brake pads and rotors changed at my dealer ( regretting that decision) about a month ago after the brake light came on and I could feel how worn my pads were. I brought it to my dealer in Allentown, PA and asked to see what brakes they were going to change before just doing random s***. The tech showed me the front brake pad which was almost gone and almost to the brake sensor.

Since then I've barely felt a difference in braking force and I feel I still have to press the brakes as hard as I did before. I feel like I wasted my money and I wanted to know what else could cause my brakes to feel worn still?? Also my rear brakes are still good.

Someone told me to brake them in for 500 miles? Any help would be appreciated!
Since you probably have the very same compound that came off of the car, there is no difference to feel. "Worn" brake pads will feel the same as new brake pads -- if they are of the same composition. Bedding will help, but it would have helped the old pads, too!

If you want more stopping power, you will have to make changes. The first of which would be a more aggressive pad compound. From there, your wallet and good sense are the only limits (within what the tires are capable of).

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