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New brake rotors overheat

I just replaced the rotors and the pads. After taking a short trip, about 10 miles smell something burned. While all of them were sort of hot, the one in the front was almost changing color. How can I fix that?

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    steve_n63630 May 15, 2014

    OK, it was totally my own fault. These pads have to be installed in particular order. If you look closely, there are two pads that have a part of the base extending in the middle part. They will ONLY work if the pad with the "teeth" will be placed on the inside of the rotor and the one without on the outside. If you do any other combination your wheel will be turning very tight if not locked all together. For those of us amateur "mechanics" this is NOT obvious at the first glance. I saw reviews saying they did not fit certain models. That was my initial reaction too, until I figured out the order by doing the job twice.


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Check the caliper as see if it is free. Sounds like it might be locked up.Did you screw the puck back ,when you installed the the new pads and was it free turning? You might also check the two bolts that hold the caliper and see if they are free floating also.

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    steve_n63630 May 15, 2014

    I just jacked the car. The highest friction is in the front wheen on the driver's side. I bled a bit of fluid again, hoping to release more preassure and used the break tool to push the cylinder all the way. When I put the cliper back, before I tighten the screws I still can rotate the wheel, however, as soon as I tighten them, the wheel is nearly locked. The two bolts are moving just fine, well lubricated. I'm at a loss and am thinking of getting new pads... Very frustrating.

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    Randall Nichols May 15, 2014

    Just a thought,but did you make sure the pads are installed right? By any chance did you put the inside pad to the outside and vise versa? I believe the slot for the sensor pad goes to the inside. It might make it bind up?

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    Randall Nichols May 15, 2014

    Glad to help Steve.


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Hi Steve. As you said you did replace the rotors and pads. Did you have problem before replacing the rotors or just to renew was? The reason I am asking is just to see whether the problem was there and before. Now, if you had the same problem before renewing and after renew you still have the problem,just go back on your car, jag it up putting it on stands,turn the wheels an see which one is tight on turning. If is just one, open the bleeder to release the pressured fluid and turn the wheel,if is turning free,just get in the car and apply brakes
after turn the wheel and if you do have stiffness,you have a faulty brake hose inside the flow hole. Just renew the faulty brake hose. If you do not face any hose failure, renew the brakes Master cylinder.
Good Luck.

Posted on May 14, 2014

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    steve_n63630 May 15, 2014

    No, I did not have the problem untill I replaced the rotors and the pads. When I put the pads and before I tightent the caliper bolts everything seem to be fine...

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    steve_n63630 May 15, 2014

    Is there sucha thing as breaks settling in and the friction reduction over time? Maybe I'll just a make a few short trips over the next few day and the extra layer will rub off? Or should I just get new pads? I bought these because I thought they were pretty good: Akebono EUR1204 EURO Ultra-Premium Ceramic Brake Pad Set .


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