When replacing brake pads, a “break-in” or “burnishing” procedure is recommended to properly condition both the brake pads and brake rotors for the best service and long life. The burnishing process, if done correctly, does at least three things to the pads and/or the rotor:
When you install Raybestos Street Performance brake pads or Professional Racing brake pads, a more intensive bedding procedure is required.
Note: These procedures should only be performed on a race track or another safe location. You should be able to safely and legally obtain speeds up to 70 MPH while also being able to rapidly decelerate.
Before you begin the burnishing procedure, start with a series of light decelerations to gradually build up some heat in the brakes. Use an on-and-off the pedal technique by applying the brakes for three to five seconds, and then fully release them for roughly twice as long as the deceleration cycle.
Once you build up enough heat in the brakes, complete the following steps to properly break in the pads:
WARNING: If any amount of brake fade is observed during the bedding process, immediately begin the cool down cycle.
Post-Bedding Inspection – All Vehicles
After the bedding cycle, the rotors should exhibit a uniformly burnished finish across the entire contact face. Any surface irregularities that appear as smearing or splotching on the rotor faces can be an indication that the brakes were brought up to temperature too quickly during the bedding cycle.