Proper Brake Bedding
After installing new pads, make several stops from approximately 50 mph with moderate pressure to put some heat in the pads and rotors, this is done to avoid thermal shock from the bedding the brakes.
In cold weather it can take a few more stops. Make an additional two to three hard stops from approximately 70 to 75 mph. Do not allow the vehicle to come to a complete stop. It is normal to see some smoke.
Then park the vehicle and allow the brakes to cool down.
Always avoid using the parking brake on hot brake systems which can cause uneven cooling as well as variations in material properties that can lead to inconsistencies in pad and rotor wear. (merged w/ brake info 9/4/23)