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well before i tell you this i want to say i did this in a empty parking lot.......i got up to 60 and slammed on my brakes (i wanted to do a 60-0 test) i dont know if it was supposed to or not but my tires never locked up they just came to a stop without screeching at all i alwyas thought (correct me if im wrong) when you really SLAM! on your brakes they should screech but i dunno. Am i right or have i been watching the fast and the furious too much? :?
 

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95EsortSittinLo said:
well before i tell you this i want to say i did this in a empty parking lot.......i got up to 60 and slammed on my brakes (i wanted to do a 60-0 test) i dont know if it was supposed to or not but my tires never locked up they just came to a stop without screeching at all i alwyas thought (correct me if im wrong) when you really SLAM! on your brakes they should screech but i dunno. Am i right or have i been watching the fast and the furious too much? :?
1. I should have your hearing checked asap.
2. Yes.
 

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ok so correct me if i'm wrong but you don't WANT your tires to lock up and screech...that just means you're sliding.

Did ABS ever come on the 2nd gen Escorts??? :? Why would you do this to brand new brakes if you didn't have to? that's the easiest way to wear down brand new pads. 8O

if you're doing a 60-0 test then you don't want your tires to lock up, you'll actually slide until your kinetic energy expires. The quickest way to stop is to pump your brakes without locking them like ABS does.
 

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I don't think you are completely retarded (Don't use this quote in your signature or anywhere else unless replying). I think it is wise to make sure everything is in working order after a job like that. Not only did it test the new (different) pads, but also the entire braking system. Most people don't normally have to stop that fast, but when they do (as in an emergency stop), it would suck if a line broke or something. With your little test, you know now that, if such an event occurs, nothing is going to give way; and if for some reason something did give out at least you were in a controlled environment. Now as for the brakes not locking up, I wouldn't worry about it just yet. Perhaps the brakes have not had a chance to wear in. Maybe the guy doing the brake job didn't get all the air out of the system when he changed the fluid (he did change the fluid right?) If it's not that then maybe you should go back to your other type of pads; and here's why:

Although you don't want your brakes to lock up when you stop, they SHOULD lock up if you slam on your brakes. This means that you are getting full braking power. If they aren't locking up how can you be sure they are working all the way to the "line" between locked and not locked. For all you know they could only be using half the braking power your car is capable of.

Now James, I am not saying you are wrong. I know all about threshold braking, and it is the right way to stop without ABS. His brakes should lock up if he slams on them hard enough, whether he wants them to or not, it just means that his brakes are working to there full potential (In his test he proved they are not). I also think its ok to "test" a new set of brakes, as long as you only do it once or twice. Any more than that is just a waste. A couple of quick stops are not going to hurt your brake pads all that much, and the pros outweigh the cons of doing so.
 

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Bozak said:
94 and up scorts came with ABS, I know my 94 EGT had em and no matter how hard i CRANKED that pedal it would come to a wicked stop, but no screechin on dry pavement
ABS were optional in Escorts in that time frame. My service manual shows them being there. I think the module is under the dash near the relays.
 
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