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minsanity 10-25-2013 11:55 AM

WARNING: Failing EBC Pads Aren't Isolated!
Loved my Greenstuff. Low dust, good braking. Heard stories of pads disappearing. Brushed em off as random as mine worked fine. Halfway thru its life, still worked great.
Then a week back, felt binding on reverse. These were intermittent. Then, my Ol' Gray 02 R53 (48k mi, never sees track nor abuse) evolved to having HILL ASSIST! Thought: this just can't be! Shared this phenomenon w/ my buddy, Da Mastah. Thinking my MINI must be special. Think Herbie!
Jacked up the car today puzzled. All Rotors were freewheeling, no binding at all. Drove to work up the hills.... Imagine my horrific drive downhill! Rear brakes created grinding noises I've never heard before, pedal went deeper, then back, losing grip. Fronts kept the car in check. Babied it right to my mechanic buddy's doorstep.... Pics say a lot:
LH rear- Lost the inner pad (left on pic)

RH inner pad had partially delaminated, detached upon pad removal (top of pic)

Felt extremely blessed! Those w/ EBC pads, swap em out now! These are accidents waiting to happen.
EBC, WAKE UP!!!! Your pads aren't safe!

07BPB 10-25-2013 02:33 PM

That is less than ideal.

Im glad for your sake that this didn't result in anything more serious.

minsanity 10-25-2013 03:36 PM

Yeah, thanks! Feel blessed to have caught this before our scheduled run.

werD 10-26-2013 01:28 AM

Never liked 'em. Never will.

Many bad stories surfaced with those when I had my SAAB (as the factory pads were super dusty) and seemed to persist across other makes.

Glad yours didn't have a worse outcome.

minsanity 10-26-2013 03:48 AM

Thanks, blessed to have caught it on a short drive.

professor 10-27-2013 05:16 PM

Damn dude glad it did not turn into a totaled R53 thread! That is some junk.

minsanity 10-27-2013 10:56 PM

Yeah, thank heavens! To think, my drive that fateful day were the hills. Hope EBC does a Tylenol, pulls em off the shelves & comes back w/ better, fail-proof construction. Have to say their compounds are good for my street use though.

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