View Full Version : Smoking new brakes
02-08-2005, 12:54 PM
I just installed pfyc carbon metallic brake pads and I just bought new duralast front rotors. I installed my setup. Everything seemed ok but then I was driving and noticed a funny smell. I got out and my drivers side setup was smoking. What could I have done wrong? On the passenger side I was having difficulties getting the pads on the rotor but then I realized I could compress the small caliper bracket bolts into their housing. I know you compress the large piston in all the way and I did for both sides. I didnt compress the two screws on the drivers side because everything slid in fine. I pumped the brakes when I was done torquining everything down. Could it be the brake cleaner I sprayed all over the place?
02-08-2005, 02:29 PM
I can say it's not the brake cleaner. It evaporates and there will be nothing left of it.
Only thing I can guess it could be is that a pad is rubbing against the rotor.
02-08-2005, 02:45 PM
did you have to buff the rotor before installing? is it anything like the original one?
02-08-2005, 02:46 PM
"Only thing I can guess it could be is that a pad is rubbing against the rotor."
To check for that, raise the front end, put the car in neutral and see if that front tire moves easily.
02-12-2005, 07:06 PM
I didn't have to buff the rotor. I have driven a lot of miles already. I'll try and see if the wheel moves freely while in neutral.
Carbon metallic pads smell when they heat up....if you are hard brakeing that is. Mine smelled like burning clutch for a while...it goes away after a while.
If anything, you didnt clean the rotors good enough, or there is extra crap on there...it will burn off and go away (as long as a caliper isnt stuck heh).
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