1993 Chevy Lumina V6 mileage: 84,200. I just got the front and rear brakes replaced today. They also had to replace the front calipers. When I picked up my car and drove away, I noticed that I had to push the brake pedal down almost all the way to come to a complete stop. It also made a sloshing noise (which I took to be that they were still "bleeding"). I wasn't expecting to have to push the pedal so far down, I have to press it farther than when the old, bad brakes were on there. The mechanic told me that the pads were semi-metallic and would take about 100 miles or so for them to mold to the drums. I've not heard of this before. I just want to make sure I'm able to stop!
If you feel the brakes are not correct, return to the service center that replaced them. The brakes should work as good or better than the old brakes. The drums or rotors may need to be machined or the hydraulic brake system bled.
April, 10, 2011 AT 7:31 AM
If it seems to take a long time to stop the car when applying the brakes, where you have to push the pedal down hard to come to a complete stop: * This condition is often due to brake fade, which occurs when the linings become too hot. It may be caused by linings that are too thin or brakes that are overworked.
* This condition may also be caused by air in the hydraulic system, a fluid leak in master cylinder, a hose or line leak in system, and/or if the brakes misadjusted.
* This may also be an indication that the rear (or front) brakes that are not operating as designed. This requires the front brakes to work harder resulting in overheating and longer stopping distances.