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Best way to run new pads in?

Hey all, just wondering, whats the best way to run the new brake pads in? heard a few different storys about running them in, just wondering, whats the best? just drive normal? or give them a bit of a hard time to start with?

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Re: Best way to run new pads in?

you are suposed to do hard stops to bed them in properly. should say on the brake pad box.

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Re: Best way to run new pads in?

all the pads i had when i had the AU, ford just said to drive normally and i dont need to do anything different.

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Re: Best way to run new pads in?

You do 10 stops approx 200m apart, stopping from 60km/h to about 5km/h using moderate pedal pressure. ie, accelerate to 60, brake to around 5, then accelerate to 60 again, travel 200m (approx), then brake to 5, etc. You should be able to feel the pedal getting progressively 'tighter' and the brakes becoming more effective.

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Re: Best way to run new pads in?

Okay, put them in today, but now my brake pedal feels a little lower than normal... is this right to start with?

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Re: Best way to run new pads in?

when i did my rear pads a week ago the pedal felt really low, but it has come up in the week. i did as it said on the box, accelerate to 50, then brake to about 5 without stopping, up to 50, brake to 5. did that about 10 times initially, and then everytime ive had to brake (where safe) ive burried the pedal. now im driving normally again

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when i did my rear pads a week ago the pedal felt really low, but it has come up in the week. i did as it said on the box, accelerate to 50, then brake to about 5 without stopping, up to 50, brake to 5. did that about 10 times initially, and then everytime ive had to brake (where safe) ive burried the pedal. now im driving normally again

brakes feel good now
Yeah, hopefully mine should come up very soon ... man, i was going to do the back ones today, but someone told me that you have to wind the back cailper back? not just put it in? and also, when you do the back ones, do you dissconnect the handbrake cable from the middle of the car? or just at the rear brakes?

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Re: Best way to run new pads in?

i was shown a way to do them without having to wind them in, which is verry time consuming as you know.


the way i was shown is piss simple

you remove the park brake lever thing off teh caliper by undoing the bolt in the end, then with a pair of longnose pliers, you screw in the back on the piston, just till you begin to see brake fluid but not too far else it will piss out. then using a G clamp or similar you push the piston back in the same way as fronts.


if you look in your gregories amnual in teh dismantled view you will see the bits i mean.
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