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When installing new pads, use copper grease on the back side of the pads (the side facing the pistons). This will prevent seizing and help you install the pads, as you sort of glue them on place while you tighten the fasteners. The calipers are open to road salt, muck and the elements, so corrosion will eventually occur. I just put some new discs and pads on my partners 53 Clio today but the new pads were binding and caused the brakes to start smoking/steaming after driving for only a mile (if that) I took them apart again and did the bolts in the guide pins a.
Some are close, others are not. Best to follow the recommendations. In the case of the Hawk pads, this is direct from their website: 1. After installing new brake pads, make 6 to 10 stops from approximately 30-35 mph applying moderate pressure. 2. Make an additional 2 to 3 hard stops from approximately 40 to 45 mph.
One of the most experienced wrenches in the bike industry gives us his two cents on how to tackle the two most common problems that plague disc brakes. Technique #1 isn't exactly orthodox, but it ...
Don’t be alarmed; it’s a fairly common occurrence. Moisture on the rotors is one of the most common causes of new brakes squealing. When they get wet, they develop a thin layer of rust on the surface. These particles become embedded in the rotors when the pads come into contact with them, causing a squealing sound.
Basically you have a choice: force them right back by any means necessary and risk trashing the caliper seals or try to wear off the pads a bit by slow driving with the odd stop for them to cool down. I can't recommend either but the latter worked for me.