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Brake Pad and Rotor Bed-in Procedure

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In order to get the most out of your brakes, it is pretty important to bed the pads to the rotors you will be using. The bedding procedure removes dirt and debris from the rotor surface and pad surface and transfers a thin layer of the brake pad compound onto the surface of the rotor. This will allow for less brake squeal, less vibration, and improved performance.

Conducting this procedure is fairly simple but you will need to FIND A STRETCH OF ROAD OR TRACK WHERE YOU CAN CONDUCT THIS PROCEDURE SAFELY AND LEGALLY.

If you are re-using your rotors or pads, we recommend conducting this process twice, resting your brakes 10 to 15 minutes in between the rounds.

Warm-up Stage

  • Perform 4 moderate stops from 50 km/h (30 mph) to around 10 km/h (5 mph). Stops should be slightly harder than normal city braking.

Bed-in Stage

  • Perform 8 aggressive stops from around 70km/h (45 mph) to 10 km/h (15 mph)
    • Be firm and aggressive
    • Ensure the wheels do not lock up
    • Keep the vehicle rolling and do not stop completely
    • Once slow, accelerate back up to 100 km/h (60 mph) right away
  • After the 8 aggressive stops, you’re pretty much done! Find an open stretch of road where you can drive continuously at a coast or slow speed for 5 to 10 minutes. This will allow the brakes to cool down. Try not to use your brakes.

Final cool down

  • When your stop-and-go sessions are complete (after the one or two rounds), park your vehicle and let it rest for an hour. Keep off the brakes at this point.

Enjoy your new Remmen brakes and drive safely!

Download a PDF of this procedure here.

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