Frequently Asked Questions
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When changing brake pads, rotors, shoes, or drums, a trained technician should inspect the entire braking system. Brakes Ahoy highly recommends bleeding your entire braking system when performing the installation of any of these parts. We do sell brake fluid – everything from daily use, to high end, high performance synthetic fluids for all of your braking needs. Please note that all brakes are made in Canada, and not overseas.
When Installing New Brake Pads
When installing new brake pads, we recommend the use of new brake rotors. Brakes Ahoy has many brake pad and brake rotor combinations that are available at a discounted price compared to buying each unit separately. If you are reusing your old rotors, getting them resurfaced is a must to ensure proper brake pad contact, and the removal of the transfer film from the previous brake rotors. Not doing this can result in reduced braking efficiency, and a voiding of the warranty. All reused rotors should also be inspected for excess wear. If the brake rotor has a run-out of .10mm or more it should be replaced. If you have purchased a set of brake pads, and then realize you need new brake rotors, please contact us and we will give you a discount on the matching brake rotors for those brake pads.
Failure to follow these producers will result in brake judder, excessive noise and/or other issues when installing the new brake pads and attempting to complete the bed-in procedure. The brake pads require a flush surface to lay down an even transfer film. Any residue from the previous brake pad on the surface will cause the new pad to slip as it passes over the brake rotor surface while pressure is applied. This will result in vibration, which is known as brake judder and brake shimmy. This is usually caused by an uneven transfer film on the brake rotor surface or an uneven surface on the brake rotor not allowing the transfer film on the brake rotor to be applied evenly. THIS IS VERY OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED AS A WARPED ROTOR. This is not the case and will result in you being charged an additional fee. The brake pad and brake rotor bed-in procedure should be done slowly, and carefully. A rapid heat build up in a new brake system can lead to warped rotors and glazed pads. This will diminish your braking systems performance.
Brake Pad & Rotor Bed-in/Break in Procedures
All brake pads must be bedded-in with the brake rotor it will be used with. This is crucial to maximize brake performance. The bedding-in process involves a build up of heat in the brake rotors and brake pad. This will put down a layer of transfer film on the brake rotor. The bed-in procedure will insure the smooth even layer of film on the brake rotor and will minimize any brake judder that will occur if it is not followed.
After installing your new brakes, and after inspecting the entire braking system, make 10-15 + stops from 60 km/h to 10 km/h and then make 5 more harder stops from 80km/h to 10 km/h. During this process there will be some very strong odors, this is normal and it is the braking system telling you that everything is setting in. Do not allow your brakes to lock up or for the ABS to engage. It is also not recommended that you do this on the streets, finding a empty parking lot is ideal or a side road with minimal traffic and pedestrians is also a good place.