- How long does your brake rotors and brake pads last?
- How do I know when I need new brakes for my vehicle?
- Do I need to make any modifications to your products before I can use them on my vehicle?
- How do I properly break in my new brake rotors and pads?
- What should I do if my new brakes are making unusual noises or vibrations?
- Are brake rotors directional?
- What is brake pad dust and how does it affect my vehicle?
- Will the Anti-Rust Zinc Plating wear off?
- What are the differences between vented and solid rotors?
- What are the differences between rear disc brakes and rear drum brakes?
- Does your brake pads come with electronic sensors?
The life of the rotors and pads are determined based on the type of vehicle, usage, drivers' driving habits, and environment. In most cases, it will last up to *40,000 miles (*65,000 km). To extend the life of your rotors, please ensure that the rotors and pads are properly installed and have followed proper break-in procedures.
*Please note that these are estimated values and may vary depending on geographical areas or usage for brakes.
Have your vehicle’s brake system checked by your local auto specialist when:
- You hear grinding, screeching, growling or chirping noises while braking.
- You feel your brake pedal application going lower or further than normal.
- You reach *28,000 miles (*45,000 km) for your front brakes and *40,000 miles (*65,000 km) for your rear brakes.
* Please note that these are estimated values and may vary depending on geographical areas of usage for brakes.
It is important to keep a record of your brake mileage whenever you change the brake system in your vehicle.
No modifications are required when you purchase our Rotors and Brake Pads. All of our products are designed to meet original equipment specifications and can be directly installed on compatible vehicles.
Run the new discs and pads for approximately 50 to 100 miles (80 to 160 km) avoiding excessive or high speed braking. Keep in mind that brake effectiveness may be somewhat reduced during the first braking period.
Note: Braking performance and effectiveness will be severely reduced if rotors and pads are not properly installed. Zinc Plated rotors require extra time and care during initial break-in.
DO NOT ALLOW THE BRAKES TO OVERHEAT!
DO NOT APPLY THE BRAKES HARD ENOUGH TO PRODUCE SMOKE!
After installation of your new brake components, IN A SAFE LOCATION, begin executing stops from no more than 35 mph (55 km/h). Apply the brakes with minimum pressure and release before coming to a full stop and allow a short cool down period between stops. Make a minimum of 10 stops, or more if necessary. It is imperative that the brakes are not allowed to overheat during the break-in procedure. After initial break-in, avoid heavy braking for the next 300 to 400 miles (500 to 650 km).
During the brake in procedure, it is normal to have unusual noises, pedal or steering wheel pulsations. If proper installation procedures were followed and the brakes were installed correctly, this condition will gradually diminish until the brake pads have mated to the rotors' surface.
Rotors with STRAIGHT INTERNAL COOLING VANES are non-directional. They can be installed on either side of the vehicle without degrading performance. However, Rotors with CURVED INTERNAL COOLING VANES are directional and should be installed appropriately to maximize cooling effect. When the directional rotors are properly installed, the pattern of drilled holes / slots should lean toward the back of the car - as shown in the diagram above.
When brakes are applied to stop a vehicle, metal debris breaks off the brake pads, creating a metal dust. While dust from the brake pad is normal, excessive amounts can signal a potential problem. If large amounts of brake dust are appearing around the brakes and wheels, the build-up can result in poor brake function, vibration and shorter life of the brake pads.
The Zinc Plating around the braking areas of the rotor will eventually wear off after use. This is normal and unavoidable. However, the hat, vents and other parts of the rotor where the pads do not come into contact will remain protected. Rust will eventually build up around the braking surface of the rotors if your vehicle remained stationary or exposed to natural elements for a prolonged period. This build up of rust will scrape off right away as soon as you put your vehicle in motion and let the brake pads clean the rust off the braking surface of your rotors.
There are generally two forms of a brake rotor or brake disc: solid and/or vented or ventilated brake rotors. Solid brake rotors, as the name implies, is one solid disc. Vented brake rotors are two discs conjoined at the middle by vanes or lined structures. The purpose of vanes is to provide more cooling and heat dissipation of the brake components.
IMPORTANT: Vented/Solid Rotors are VEHICLE SPECIFICATIONS DEPENDENT. You cannot install a vented rotor onto a vehicle which have solid rotors installed by the original manufacturer without modifying the entire braking system.
Disc brakes use a flat, disk-shaped metal rotor that spins with the wheel. When the brakes are applied, a calliper squeezes the brake pads against the disc (just as you would stop a spinning disc by squeezing it between your fingers), slowing the wheel.
Drum brakes use a wide cylinder that is open at the back, similar in appearance to a drum. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, curved shoes located inside the drum are pushed outwards, rubbing against the inside of the drum and slowing the wheel.
Disc brakes are generally considered superior to drum brakes for several reasons. First, they dissipate heat better (brakes work by converting motion energy to heat energy). Under severe usage, such as repeated hard stops or riding the brakes down a long incline, disc brakes take longer to lose effectiveness (a condition known as brake fade). Disc brakes also perform better in wet weather, because centrifugal force tends to fling water off the brake disc and keep it dry, whereas drum brakes will collect some water on the inside surface where the brake shoes contact the drums.
Note: In order to guarantee 100% exact fitment, customers must confirm what type of brakes applies for their specific vehicles. A vehicle that uses rear drum brakes can only be replace with another drum brake and vice versa. We do not sell any brake conversion kits to convert drum brakes into disc brakes.
Only some models of our brake pads include electronic sensors. Please leave us a message or call our Toll-Free Technical Support Hotline at 1-888-827-7927 if you have any questions regarding the fitment of electronic sensors for your vehicle.