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Drum brakes smelling bad

Hello. just bought new brake pads all around for my 67 mustang with drm brakes. i had the drums turned, and i installed everything myself. i adjusted the brakes so the drums would fit on snuggly and still be able to spin. i bought a new master cylinder and installed that too. and i bled everything, and it was all working nice except after i drive it for like 20 mins(in 85 degree weather), it starts smelling like the brake pads. what would normally happen is that im driving down the street, and i stop for a light, and then when i accelerate again after the stop, that is when i smell it. but i just put the brakes on this weekend, so i dont know if there is a certain amount of mileage that the brakes still need to be broken in or anything. this has happened before, the last time i changed my brakes, but the smell ended up going away. i just wanted to make sure this was normal or if i should spend the money and get it checked out at a brake shop. thanks alot

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Old 04-10-2005, 02:39 AM
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brake break in

After installing new brakes there is a break in procedure. You drive slowly and lightly brake to a stop. Progressively increase speed and brake, allowing time for the brakes to cool between braking. This should stop the brakes from getting hot and smelling.

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They may be adjusted a little too snug and are dragging while you drive. Touch the center of the wheel it should be warm not hot with normal driving.
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I agree with 1owner.

When I redo my '67 brakes, I set them a little loose initially. Use allows the high spots to wear even and the self-adjusters to set themselves.
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Next time, if you can find a shop that will arc-grind your shoes to match the curvature of your drums, you'll shorten the break-in time greatly, and the brakes will work better right off the bat.
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Old 04-11-2005, 05:15 AM
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When you smell them, go around and see which drum feels hot.........It may be that the emergency brake is slightly engaged.
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