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Old 11 Oct 2009, 08:54 pm
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Default Here is one for the ages - overheated brakes

Wife and I spent a week in the mountains. DC, then Shenandoah National Park, and the first bit of the blue ridge parkway.

PT was great through most of it, had her in 3 for the hilly bits and didn't have much of an issue, till we got off the BRP, headed towards the freeway WOAH!!!!! This road we took was incredible. I had her in 1 and on this road had the car revved up to 3500+ with me standing on the brakes AND going around curves. No matter what I did I couldn't help but overheating the brakes on this road.

I noticed brake fade (had to push quite a bit harder on the brakes), then I smelled it - so I pulled off into someones driveway, shut down the car.

Moderate amount of smoke - smell pretty strong - wifey freaking. I had her go out and feel the heat coming out of the hubcaps before she understood what had happened.

After 10 minutes of so (I had stopped conveniently near a creek, so she was out snapping pictures) the car had cooled down enough where I felt safe moving on, and all was well.

No apparent ill effects, brakes felt fine from there on out, no pulsing or shaking, no sticking or anything like that.

BTW FederalMogul Wagner Thermoquiet OEMs from Advance Auto, and their cheap chinese rotors. DOT4 brake fluid too.

Anything I ought to check out?
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Old 11 Oct 2009, 11:01 pm
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Cool Re: Here is one for the ages - overheated brakes

Yo Mr. Dole!
Do you by any chance has disk fronts, and drum rears?
Front brakes do 80% of the braking, and the overall effect is worst without 4 wheel disk brakes.
The soonercruiser is an NA with rear drums. Not many hills around here though.

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Old 12 Oct 2009, 08:44 am
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Default Re: Here is one for the ages - overheated brakes

Yup, drums in the rear, discs up front. Thankfully I don't live in the hills, but in nice razor flat south florida.
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