How to Burnish Brake Pads

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How to Burnish Brake Pads

Postby Larry Jowdy » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:43 am

Here's the procedure we used when I was in charge of our fleet.
We called it burnishing the pads but bedding also works.

Find a clear stretch of highway and accelerate up to 80 MPH and bring the car to a complete stop as fast as you can without locking up the brakes. Immediately do two more stops from the same speed.

Let the car sit (with your foot off the brake) for 3 minutes and do 3 more stops from 60 MPH

Let the car sit (with your foot off the brake) for 1 minute and do 3 more stops from 40 MPH.

By now, the brakes should be smoking and stinking up the place but that's good. It's burning all the resins from the pad and they will last longer and stop better.

I might add that there are several other ways of performing the burnishing (bedding) but this method worked for us.
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