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Old 03-24-2005, 10:23 AM   #1
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brake in the rain!?

hey guys i was driving yesterday now it has been raining all day and was raining as i was driving and the break feel liek they aint working correctly.when i pressed down there was alot of pressure liek it was hard..this is hard to explain so sorry but does anyone know whats goin on? its fine in the dry...but kinda scared me and this happen more than once last night! is it prob on the svt or just me? thanks.


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Old 03-24-2005, 11:27 PM   #2
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sounds odd, ive never heard if this b4. if ur brake level the same as it was b4 the rain, or at least within a tolerable level? sounds odd but ive heard of gravel getting inbetween the pads and causing trouble. lemme know if u find anything! good luck

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I think water gets trapped inbetween the rotors and pads, since they aren't drilled/slotted, and causes the brakes not to work as well as when its dry... I've noticed this on mine.

Is that what you're talking about?
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I've noticed when pulling out of the car wash and braking at that first stoplight, or when it rains and my car has been parked for several hours, a little extra pressure is required. I always forget and scare myself a little bit when the brakes aren't as responsive as normal, but they're fine if you ride them for a couple hundred feet or let them dry off.
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Old 03-26-2005, 05:20 PM   #5
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yea thats seems to be the prob just have to apply a bit more pressure...kinda weird but whatever.
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Old 03-28-2005, 07:19 PM   #6
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I think what you are referring to is a "SPONGY" feeling in the brake pedal?

I too have experienced this and it is a bit disconcerting. Here is why.

- SVT clearly has world class brakes
- In the wet after extended no braking (like freeway driving) you will get a spongy brake pedal.

I am used to very consistent brakes - Porsche and Wilwood, and they remain remarkable consistent. The SVTs do not. I can only suspect 1 or 2 things that are causing this.

1) Water is indeed getting between the pads and the rotor creating a cushion that must be evaporated due to heat.

2) The OEM pads are absorbing water.

Whatever it is, it bugs me, as I would guess you are losing about 25% braking efficiency in these conditions. If anyone has fixed this let us know (either by running slotted rotors or changing pads to a carbon-metallic pad.
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Old 03-28-2005, 07:25 PM   #7
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what RB said.
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Old 03-28-2005, 08:17 PM   #8
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That happened to me today... Its been pouring all day and i was on my way home from school tonight and it felt like my breaks werent working
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yup happen to me again today car sat in the rain all day and good thing i hit the brakes now in a parking lot to get them dry or whatever but this defiently needs to be fixed before someone gets hurt! ha i wouldnt mind gettin some drilled or slotted rotors!
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lol.. there ya go... i was thinking maybe its just bc of the way the rims are it exposes the rotors directly to the rain thats y its so bad.. bc my sister has a ZX3 and she doesnt have that problem
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