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    brake pads

    Just replaced my front brake pads on the MM. My first time doing it myself. Last time I was in the shop they said one pad was very low. I bought Akebono brake pads because they are made in the USA. Anyway, all finished up and pushed the brake pedal many times to get rid of the initial squeeshyness for the pistons to get back into position. Feels normal now. Drove it around the block and all seemed fine. Anything else I should do or check to ensure I didn't mess anything up before I start taking it on the highway again, etc.? I'd hate to have my brakes fail or the rotor and caliper fall off while I'm driving down the highway, lol. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88LTDCV351 View Post
    Just replaced my front brake pads on the MM. My first time doing it myself. Last time I was in the shop they said one pad was very low. I bought Akebono brake pads because they are made in the USA. Anyway, all finished up and pushed the brake pedal many times to get rid of the initial squeeshyness for the pistons to get back into position. Feels normal now. Drove it around the block and all seemed fine. Anything else I should do or check to ensure I didn't mess anything up before I start taking it on the highway again, etc.? I'd hate to have my brakes fail or the rotor and caliper fall off while I'm driving down the highway, lol. :-)
    You should be OK. Do a few panic stops on non congested streets.
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    As long as the pads and caliper pins moved freely upon installation you will be fine. The reason 1 pads wears more than the other is if the pads or pins are stuck.
    You "feel" the difference because you want to "feel" the difference. Since you just spent money on the upgrade you "have" to feel the difference

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    If you did rotors too, should bed the brakes in before driving around
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    If you really wanted to be anal, you could run it about five miles , make a few stops then check the caliper temps with an IR gun. That's what I do.

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