My brakes are smoking

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Old 05-10-06, 04:22 PM
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My brakes are smoking

I just installed new brakes and rotors. I test drove the car for a mile or so and did a dozen quick stops. Afterwards one side of the brake was smoking.


The rotor also has signs of uneven wear. More in the middle, less on the outside.

Is this normal break in? Should I take everything out and reseat all the components?
 
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Old 05-10-06, 04:28 PM
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that's not good

New pads and rotors, and after a mile it's smoking and the new rotor already has signs of uneven wear?

Please post up the make/model/year/mileage and exactly what you did
 
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Old 05-10-06, 05:16 PM
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The good news:

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Its been a while since the front calipers have been pushed back that far and they could be stuck in the extened position rubbing against the brake rotor. It is only the rubber O-ring inside to pull the pistion back.
Pull the front wheels and see how easy it is to push back the pads.

If the rear is smoking then it might need adjustment.
Post back saying which wheel/ wheels are smoking.

Your car is going to have to kick the habit for every ones sake.
 
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Old 05-10-06, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by frankiee
Pull the front wheels and see how easy it is to push back the pads.

I replaced the front pads/rotors. I am not sure what you mean by push back the pads. Do you mean pushing them against the piston to see if the piston easily retracts?
 
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Old 05-10-06, 07:04 PM
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Yes that is what I mean.
Compare one side to another.
It is a common occurance with older calipers to get stuck like that.
come to think of it. While car is up on jack and jack stands, try to rotate the wheels to see if one is hard to revolve.
Also, is the car pulling to one side?
Which wheel is smoking?
If pulling, which way is it pulling?
 
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Old 05-11-06, 02:38 AM
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did you clean the oil off the rotors before installing they often put oil on them to prevent them from rusting brake cleaner will clean them off if you dont they will smoke for a while but will eventually burn off.
you might check to make sure the pads are seated correctly and if a floating caliper which most vehicles use make sure it is still able to move free.
 
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