Tips on installation and brake pads rating

Changing Brake Pads is simple. But there are some important considerations sometimes missed by installers. This could lead to noise and vibration, leading to the mistaken belief that the Brake Pads are to blame.

Brake Pads are critically important components in the braking process. But even the most superior brake pads will not have the ability to absorb all the vibrations if the other supporting components are not in good condition or if installation is poorly carried out.

1. Calipers and Brake Hydraulic system.

Calipers should be serviced regularly. Damaged parts need to be replaced. Pins and sliders should not be bent or damaged (rusted) and need to be lubricated to provide smooth slides for brake pads. Otherwise brake pads will not be detached from rotor properly resulting in faster wear (burned).

The brake liquid needs to be the correct type and replaced before it absorbs too much moisture and its boiling point drops below the specified level.

Brake hoses and cylinders should be in good condition or replaced if damaged.

2. Disc Rotor.

If the rotor surface is uneven, damaged or has grooves over 0.3mm depth – it will need to be skimmed or turned with an on-car lathe. Otherwise the new brake pads will not have proper contact with the rotor surface, leading to noise, vibration and faster wear of the pads.

3. Lubrication
Important lubrication points
- Using anti-squeal NiBK grease (included in the package)
a. Back plate of pads
(edges and centre where the cylinders push)
b. Holding Clips or Sliders
(the sliders need to be taken out)
Refer to Picture 1

- Using high temperature grease (any commonly used brand)
a. Caliper pins (bolts)
Refer to picture 2
*Do not apply lubricant to friction material or rotor surface!