If you are having issues with your EBC brakes, chances are they aren’t actual problems. There are many factors involved if you think something is wrong with your new EBC brake pads or EBC rotors. Installation and fitment is the first thing to check if you think your EBC brakes aren’t performing like they should. Since all EBC brakes are different, you could have selected the wrong pads or the wrong rotors for your vehicle. EBC rotors are all vehicle specific and should be selected based upon your year, make and model.
Experiencing brake squeal is common when first installing EBC brake pads. There is nothing to worry about as all EBC brake pads experience this for the first few hundred miles or so. This is also known as the bed in process which must be done on new EBC brakes & EBC brake pads. The squeal will only last until the EBC brake pads have been fully bedded in and have an even surface contact with the rotor. If you have EBC racing pads, the squeal can be heard when reversing, as the pad is cold and performs better when it is warmed up.
If you are experiencing wind noise on your new EBC slotted rotors, this is nothing to worry about. These sport rotors have slots that wind finds its way into while driving. The noise is very common and is as low as it gets. The wind noise is actual beneficial because it means that air is cooling down your rotors to optimize performance and allow the braking components to last longer. These EBC brakes are not for those who want a noiseless ride on the highway.
Vibrations can be common on EBC brakes after about 3 to 4 thousand miles. This is caused my either a hub that is not true from rubbing a curb, or the rotor’s surface not being flat. EBC brake pads should be contacting the rotor with an even surface to maintain proper braking power. If vibrations occur, the rotor should be taken to a machine shop and checked. Vibrations can also occur if the rotor is not installed properly. Lose nuts and bolts will definitely affect driving at any speeds.
Brake dust is inevitable and will occur no matter what. EBC brake pads shed most of their brake dust during the bedding in period. The first 1000 miles of driving is always more severe, and there are no EBC brake pads that offer zero brake dust. In fact, there are no brake pads on the market that offer this. Cars with more horsepower and those who do heavy braking will experience more brake dust.
EBC brake pads work their best after a few hundred miles. You cannot expect them to work the best right out of the package. Just like anything new, they take time to bed in and become acquainted with the rotors. Choosing the right EBC brake pads is also essential to how they perform. Heavy duty trucks need a stronger pad, while small cars are perfect with a softer pad.
The biggest complaint is vibrations after a few hundred miles, or even a few days of driving. This is contributed to the EBC brake pads not being bedded in properly. If you drive erratically and brake very hard within the first few hundred miles, EBC brake pads will have an uneven wear with high and low spots. When they contact the rotor, there will be vibrations and braking that is not constant. Most of them even have a break-in coating that the driver can see.
Using the same EBC brake pads on the front and rear will give you the best braking power, and avoid any issues. If you were to use EBC greenstuff on the front and EBC redstuff on the rear, they will wear down unevenly and create some problems like brake lock up. The rear wheels may lock up since EBC redstuff are harder than EBC greenstuff. Also, the rear brakes do a lot less braking than the fronts. Softer compounds should be used in conjunction with each other as should harder compounds.