Bedding In Your New Brakes

These simple instructions are put together by Hawk Performance Brakes however they are a great guide for bedding in most brake pads.

  1. After installing new brake pads, make 6-to-10 stops from approximately 30-35 MPH applying moderate pressure.
  2. Make an additional 2-to-3 hard stops from approximately 40-45 MPH.
  4. Allow at least 15 minutes for the brake system to cool down.
  5. After step 4 is completed, your new Hawk Performance brake pads are ready for use.


If your changing brake pad compounds without changing the discs then this information from Racing Brake may also come in handy.

Switching Brake Pad Compounds?

When you switch brake pad compounds, we recommend cleaning the rotors with brake cleaner and fine steel wool to remove as much of the existing compound as possible. Brake cleaner can be purchased at your local auto parts store.

This is some further information put together by Racing brake (USA) regarding bedding in their brake compounds.


We recommend all brake pads are broken in with the rotor they will be used with, so a transfer of film is generated between the pad and rotor surface for optimal performance – whether you have new or used rotors.


  1. Make 6 to 8 brakings from approx. 30-35 mphDo not go below 25 mph.
  2. Make an additional 3 to 4 hard brakings from approx. 50-55 mphDo not go below 40 mph.
  3. Allow 10-15 minutes for the brakes to cool off. Do not apply the parking brake during this cool down period.


   Racing pads must be properly bedded-in at race track conditions or undesirable result or    premature failure may occur.

  1. Seal all brake ducts, if any.
  2. Make 6 to 8 brakings from approx. 60-80 mphDo not drag brakes to a complete stop.
  3. Increase speeds to simulate race conditions (at racing speeds) and make additional 6 to 8 brakings.
  4. Remove brake duct seals. Allow 10-15 minutes for the brake system to cool down. Do not apply the parking brake during this cool down period.


   Brakings: These refer to an abrupt “snub and release” pedal action instead of dragging    brakes to a complete stop. For track break-in, if you have to drive to another place to perform    this procedure, it’s OK to drive and gradually stop as you would normally on street.

   Parking Brake: This refers to the floating caliper type rear parking brake. It’s OK to use the    parking brake if you have the drum type shoe brake (such as EVO or Corvette). If you are    not sure what type of parking brake you have, simply shift your transmission to the “P” position    or 1st gear (manual transmission).


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