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    Had my car around 700 miles now, when I got it new discs and pads had been fitted, been taking it steady to bed them in but the odd time I've had to brake sharply always after there is a smell which smells like a burnt clutch smell coming from the brakes. Will thus be like this all the time or just until they are worn in??

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    It depends on how often you use the brakes
    If you use the brakes regularly then they may only need 200 miles
    If you use the brakes rarely then they may need 1000 miles

    However, there should be NO smell from them
    When brakes are new they need bedding in, as the surfaces are not yet worn down and fully efficient

    Allow them to cool then visually inspect them
    Check the disc to see where the pad is applying
    It will either be a small area (not yet bed in) or across the entire disc (fully bed in)

    When bedding in new brakes, NEVER, NEVER, EVER, brake hard or sharply
    This can damage them permanently

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    It depends on how often you use the brakes
    If you use the brakes regularly then they may only need 200 miles
    If you use the brakes rarely then they may need 1000 miles

    However, there should be NO smell from them
    When brakes are new they need bedding in, as the surfaces are not yet worn down and fully efficient

    Allow them to cool then visually inspect them
    Check the disc to see where the pad is applying
    It will either be a small area (not yet bed in) or across the entire disc (fully bed in)

    When bedding in new brakes, NEVER, NEVER, EVER, brake hard or sharply
    This can damage them permanently
    Mine smell after a few high speed stops Get a lovely hot brake burning smell

    You may need to stop very very quickly when bedding in brakes, say for example, someone walks out in front of you
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    Mine smell after a few high speed stops
    Get a lovely hot brake burning smell
    You may need to stop very very quickly when bedding in brakes, say for example, someone walks out in front of you
    I've never had any hot brake smell, and that includes a full emergency stop from 110mph
    I wouldn't stop for anyone walking out in front of me either; roads are for vehicles, pavements are pedestrians, the only exception is pedestrian right of way at a junction

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    try stopping a few times from high speed, they will smell!

    Also, all i can say to the fact that you would not stop for someone walking out says a lot about you as a person. I hope their family got the chance to speak to you.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    try stopping a few times from high speed, they will smell!
    Also, all i can say to the fact that you would not stop for someone walking out says a lot about you as a person. I hope their family got the chance to speak to you
    I've stopped loads of time from high speed
    However, I've never had to stop for a pedestrian that has jumped out; it's called driving at the correct speed for the conditions, or perhaps I'm lucky in that it's never happened in 500K miles of driving?!
    Had a laugh at a police video in a traffic office a few months ago, and officers agreed "road is for vehicles and pavement is for pedestrians"

    I'm not sure if the pedestrian right of way applies in England and Wales though
    Here in Scotland the pedestrian reserves the right of way to walk out in from of traffic at a junction
    Equally, that might explain the high number of low speed pedestrian accidents at junctions, from drivers that are unaware of this law

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    try stopping a few times from high speed, they will smell!

    Also, all i can say to the fact that you would not stop for someone walking out says a lot about you as a person. I hope their family got the chance to speak to you.
    Ahem...after a BIG stop the smells in car may not of the brake variety

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    Quote Originally Posted by Readster View Post
    Ahem...after a BIG stop the smells in car may not of the brake variety

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