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Old 04-06-2001, 10:36 PM
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Hi, me again.

Just changed the brake pads and rotors (or discs) on my car today and the braking actually got worse !

I had a great stop with the old, rusty, scored rotors and pads, but now need an extra six inches to a foot to stop.

Any ideas why ?

I used OE - ATE brand pads and rotors, I can't figure what might be wrong. Do these things need time to work in ?

Any help would be appreciated.


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Old 04-06-2001, 10:59 PM
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Yes they need time to work in. On a couple of racing circuits I've seen they will burn in a set of pads during practice then install before the race.
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Old 04-06-2001, 11:12 PM
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From what approximate speed is your stopping distance increased 6 inches to a foot? It may be more a perception of lowered performance from a grossly different "feel" with the new pads and rotors rather than a real, significant decrease in effectiveness. And they will get better shortly. Ease them into service for the first hundred miles if possible for best results.
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Ate rotors & or pads aren't OE at all. Yes they make calipers & master cylinders but the pads & rotors are made for them in Italy. NOT close to OE quality!!
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Old 04-07-2001, 10:54 AM
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Thanks, I wasn't aware that ATE weren't OE. I hope nobody out there has had any negative experiences with their products. They are both labelled "made in Germany"

I would say that I was judging my stopping distance by stopping from about 60 KM/H or about 45 MPH. I will take it easy for the next bit or so, and stay off the highway when possible.


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