FAQs— Volkswagen Brake Pad Set
- How bad is glazing in brake pads, and how can I prevent it from occurring in my Volkswagen’s brake pads?
Though glazing make the pads look smooth and shiny, this is a sign that you are now in need of a new Volkswagen brake pad set as a glazed pad can no longer be repaired. Glazing is a result of brake overheating, which means the pads worked beyond the operating temperature in which they are designed to operate. It can also be caused by the failure of the driver to follow the required bed-in procedure for the pads. You can prevent it from happening by bedding in your pads properly and avoiding driving habits like frequent hard braking, which could lead to overheating.
- What’s the proper way to bed-in my newly installed Volkswagen brake pad set?
The specific bed-in procedures for brake pads depend on the type of pads and the materials they are made from. Check the printed manual or set of instructions that comes along with your brake pad set. The steps for proper bed-in are usually included in there. Generally, it takes most brake pad compounds 300-400 miles to achieve an even transfer of film on the disc. Make sure, though, that you perform the bedding-in process carefully and slowly. Heat buildup in the brake system can lead to overheating, which in turn results in glazing on the pads and/or warping on the rotors.
- My new brake pads do not come with shims. Can I re-use the old ones, or do I need to buy new shims?
Yes, the shims can be re-used in case your new Lincoln brake pad set doesn’t have any. Just make sure that they are still in good working condition. If you intend to reuse them, clean the shims thoroughly and inspect them for signs of damage. Do not bend the shims and see to it that they are compatible with the new brake pads you are planning to install. Also, clean the caliper sliders as dirt on those components will not only cause the shims to not seat properly but will also cause the brake pads to stick into the brake calipers.
- I notice that my brake pads are starting to rattle. It it something I should be worried about? What causes rattle, and how can I prevent it?
Brake pad rattle should be dealt with as soon as possible because that could mean the pads are moving inside the caliper and may not be operating well. The pads can even get jammed, therefore causing you to lose braking power. If left ignored, brake pad rattle can make the pads skew sideways and lock in the caliper. When this happens, the backing plates may bend and the friction material may be broken away, causing serious braking problems. One of the most common causes of brake rattle is the use of incorrect or incompatible brake parts. To prevent this from happening, make sure to use only correct and compatible brake components.
- I noticed a weird smell coming from the brakes after installing my new Lincoln brake pad set. Is this normal? I don't remember experiencing something like this in the past.
Brake smell can either be normal or not; it depends on what’s causing it. It can be an indicator that you are having overheated brakes, probably because you left your emergency brake engaged while driving. This can be remedied by simply disengaging the emergency brake and continuing the drive normally. The smell is normal an hour or two after brake pad installation because during that time, the brakes are still breaking in. If the smell doesn’t vanish after a reasonable period, it’s more likely that you have a problem with your brake calipers.
- My brakes won't work and seem stuck. What can be causing this? What are the things to check?
Stuck brakes can be caused by misaligned brake pads or parking brakes or stuck wheel cylinders. It can also occur due to brake drums that have been dislodged or caliper piston that has been stationary. Before you can remedy the problem, you have to check all of the mentioned components first for you to know what the culprit is.
- I have just installed the pads from my new Lincoln brake pad set, but it seems like they are producing a grinding sound every time I brake. Is this normal?
This is normal for new pads but should be gone after using the vehicles for a few days. This can also be a sign of rust in the rotors. If the noise is caused by surface rust, it should also vanish as the pads wear the rust off. However, this grinding noise can also indicate brake problems like improperly positioned calipers, shims that are not lubed, as well as worn rotors. Check the brakes to be sure.