car repairs


Question by  sheeba (22)

What could cause my brakes to be smoking after I got new pads?

I just got new pads on my brakes and now they are smoking.


Answer by  chazeloff (324)

If you also replaced the rotors then it is possible that the mechanics did not remove the oil that is left on them from the machining process or it maybe cause you have a worn out caliper that is causing pad drag on the rotors. Take it back to the mechanic that serviced it.


Answer by  Smythe (81)

There could be fluid on the brakes or the rotator, the brakes could be on to tight. It just really depends on the job that the mechanic does. There could also be dust on the brakes, as well as peeling out could make your brakes smoke. As long as there's no fire nothing to worry about.


Answer by  AceA (37)

Smoking or a burning smell after brakes replacement can be normal for the first few stops or hard braking. If it continues for longer then first few drives i would recommend that you bring it to the repair shop to have it looked at.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

Your brakes should never smoke. Usually brakes will only get hot enough to smoke when they are under a lot of stress. This could be because you installed the incorrect ones for your vehicle, they are defective, or there is another issue with the braking system. I would have a professional mechanic look at them right away.

posted by Anonymous
my brakes were smoking and actually on-fire when i got my van home from an inspection-probably caused alot of internal damage to my brakes.  add a comment

Answer by  Oversite (18)

Contaminants between the Discs and pads (i.e grease ) could be heating up and causing smoke top permeate from the brake region. Another possibilty is a seized caliper. After the pumping of the brakes after the installation of the pads the caliper may not release at designed. There could be a blockage in the brake hosing. Wrong Pads.


Answer by  Jill13 (263)

You may want to check with whoever fixed the car, but this is generally normal. A coating is placed on the pads when they are shipped, and this is "burned off" when they are first put on the car.


Answer by  LanDroid (75)

Driving up and down consistently, say 'round the steep hills in West Virginia and braking too much will cause your brakes to smoke. You need to learn how to control the car while braking less, perhaps downshifting or tapping the brakes just enough to make it through the next curve.


Answer by  fatkid (105)

Your brake calipers could be stuck in the on position,where they would heat up and then start to burn. You can take your wheel off and apply brake fluid or a spray lubricant to the caliper pistob to free it up.

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