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Old 06-29-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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Cool Carbon Brakes from Bavauto review...

So friday I completed my I installation of my Cool Carbon Performance brake pads
for both the front and rear. I also replaced the brake fluid with new Ate high performance
DOT 4 which has a higher boiling point and was blue in color. The color makes it very easy to see when you bled the new fluid through.
As a bonus, I figured I respray my calipers since the color got old and dingy.
and... since the car was up in the air on four jack stands, I did an oil change as well.
The pads have a specific break in which is included. they were on sale for $205 instead of $240. You also get a free tee shirt. Bleeding the brakes was so easy. Just watch some youtube clips to get a visual on how its done.
Another major bonus for me, I got rid of that annoying rattle I had in the rear of my car. One brake pad had a broken clip, and the other had that metal skin on the rear pad total loose.
Conclusion: im happy! Didnt get to drive the car around alot after the break in due to rain, but I did do a few very hard stops and it does brake hard and straight!
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:32 AM   #2
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Keep updated when you get some miles on them please.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:08 PM   #3
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I've had these on my car before, They are pretty good from what I recall.
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Update? How have they been?
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:51 AM   #5
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I have Cool Carbon on my 2002 330ci for about a year and a half and 15,000 miles. I had issues with buildup of material on the rotors and had to "clean" them up until a few months ago quite often with hard stops from 70-80 MPH and then the steering wheel shimmy under light braking (feels like warped rotors) would disappear for a while. I now have a moment delay when braking in the wet and am going to replace them with Hawk street pads or oem/Pagid pads. I have no experience with the Hawk pads, so any input would be appreciated. The delay in braking when wet is horrible and I am going to change them soon.
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I have Cool Carbon on my 2002 330ci for about a year and a half and 15,000 miles. I had issues with buildup of material on the rotors and had to "clean" them up until a few months ago quite often with hard stops from 70-80 MPH and then the steering wheel shimmy under light braking (feels like warped rotors) would disappear for a while. I now have a moment delay when braking in the wet and am going to replace them with Hawk street pads or oem/Pagid pads. I have no experience with the Hawk pads, so any input would be appreciated. The delay in braking when wet is horrible and I am going to change them soon.
I love my Hawks in a Full race compound pad, but; For the street I only run Performance Friction Z-Rated Pads. This really is the best street pad (For Hard Driving) I've had the pleasure of using.

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So I now had my cool carbon for about 9 months, and the fronts are squealing.
9 months?! Really?
I did like the braking performance, but I think they wore out prematurely.
Won't buy them again.
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So I now had my cool carbon for about 9 months, and the fronts are squealing.
9 months?! Really?
I did like the braking performance, but I think they wore out prematurely.
Won't buy them again.
"squealing" doesn't mean they are worn out. you have to visually inspect as it might be as simple as the ant-rattle clips, the pads needing some "brake disc quiet" on the backing, re-used old rotors thus following the old grooves & edges or even the calipers having paint on the runners so the pad "ears" shimmy.

then again you have one of those Automatic/slushboxes so depending on driving style you might have worn them out...

it's not determined by "time" but "use".
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