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Smokey brakes?

06-25-2005, 07:04 PM
i onno if it's just the fact they are new but.... i put new rotors and pads on my car today... they feel fine.... look fine... STOP fine.... but they smoke... and after a long hard stop they stick a little but then go back to normal. any way is the smoke expected with new pads and rotors or is there something i should be warned about. btw it's an 88 cutlass with a 3.8 and the smoke comes from both sides.

06-26-2005, 09:40 AM
I also have the same problem but on a 2000 Chevy Camaro 3.8. I put new pads and rotors on yesterday and drove it about 5 miles and it smokes from both front wheels, but not the back. It has 4 wheel disc brakes and the back seems to be fine just the front smokes. Anyone have any suggestions as what may be causing this? The pads I bought were from Autozone, they're the $20. Lifetime warranty pads.

06-26-2005, 10:12 AM
my pads were the 20 dollar pads to with a warranty... but i think i trew away the box. but they took my info at the store

06-26-2005, 01:40 PM
Well after driving mine for another 2 miles the smoking is now gone. So I'm going to assume it was just the brakes being broke in. The rear brakes are the same manufacture pads as the front and they never smoked. So I'm ruling out that they are bad pads and it was just a break in issue.

06-27-2005, 01:24 PM
well mine hang up a little... i onno.... they all went together fine,, but it's fucked up cuz it's on both wheels.... and everything should have been together fine

06-30-2005, 10:22 PM
Sometimes if you re use the calipers and just push the piston back in, the calipers drag. This is because the caliper bore is a bit rusty and/or the O-ring for the piston is not in correct orientation. Either way, the piston is not retracting from the rotor enough.
Generally a really good brake job involves replacing the calipers. Re-using the old calipers usually works, but not always.

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