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Guided by Initial D I have respect for the diversity of the car community which a particular passion for Japanese sports cars and a childhood attraction to muscle that never quite went away
9th August 2018
Hi I’m looking some opinions here. I just replaced the pads and rotors on all four sides of my 17 Honda Civic. I torque wrenched everything to the specs I found. When I took the car out for a slow drive I got a noise. And this noise wasn’t actually under braking but a subtle and quiet pulsating grinding sound that matched the wheel rotation in frequency. I thought maybe it had something to do with the rotor coating. I used Autozone Duralast Gold rotors and pads. The rotors come with a black coating but according to them the brake pads are meant to take car of this and I’m not supposed to clean it off before installation so I didnt. I drove it for a bit with very light braking trying to isolate the direction of the noise but as I did the sound just gradually disappeared after a few minutes. It still makes noticble braking noise when braking but that I expected as it gets rid of the last of the coating. Should I be concerned about the noise that went away? I don’t like that it was pulsing like something was uneven but I torqued everything. I’d love to not have to jack the car up again and take everything off but I will if I have to. Thanks for any advice!
I recently replaced my front brake pads and rotors with some Stop Tech ones. And I know about the break in period but it’s past that. After spirited driving and brake use I notice the brakes smell after I park and get out of the car. My stock rotors and pads did not produce a smell, at least not one this defined. Is this a problem or is it normal for performance brakes? Thanks.
Thanks to the helpful people here I know for sure I need to replace my brake pads and rotors. I’d like to upgrade them though. My current problem with them was undoubtedly caused by some of my rough back road driving, causing them to be used ecessivly and roughly thus over heating. I’d like to get rotors and pads that are designed for this kind of abuse but I know so little. Upon research I find there are a number of different materials (both for the rotors and pads) , cut and drill patters, directional or not, etc. How much does this all matter? My physical braking power I had stock was quite adequate. If I wanted more I’d be getting better tires. I’m more interested in heat dissipation to keep the brakes intact. Is there anything I should specifically look out for? Any trusted products? How much do the different materials, grooves, and cuts make to a back roads enthusiast? What’s best for my car? The car is a FF in case that detail matters. Thanks!