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Old 03-18-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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Hey, I just installed some new Brembo slotted rotors with some new Hawk HPS Pads, I drove the car around a bit and noticed the driverside brakes are smoking and are a lot hotter than the passenger side. Are the heating up of the pads normal break in symptoms? Thanks all!

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If you did the break in procedure then it could be your calipers not be lettin' loose all the way. When you got 'em did you clean the rotors before you installed them? It could be a number of things if everything's adjusted right then just take it to a mechanic you trust and have 'em check it out.
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no i didnt clean them, they might have had some grease on them from my hands or something, but that shoulda burned off pretty quickly. Maybe its my piston or something? My old rotor was cracked on the driverside prior to the new rotors, plus the brake pads were worn down ro almost nothing, but on my passenger side there was still like half a brake pad left.
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there is a coating over the pads that needs to go. it takes a few drives to get rid of it, but u should be fine.
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Rotors often come with a grease coating to keep then shiny, which could make some smoke. I'd spray all 4 rotors down well with brake cleaner and see if it keeps up. It's cheap and easy and at the very least it can eliminate some variables. Hawk's bed in procedure works wonders if you can find a place out of the way enough to do it properly. Hopefully that helps, but it sounds like there could be something else amiss.
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