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Brakes didn't work in the rain

Any of you fellas experienced this on the 458 carbon ceramics? I was in the middle of a serious thunderstorm when the brakes basically stopped working. Had to go 20 mph and leave ten car lengths in order for them to finally stop the car
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Any of you fellas experienced this on the 458 carbon ceramics? I was in the middle of a serious thunderstorm when the brakes basically stopped working. Had to go 20 mph and leave ten car lengths in order for them to finally stop the car
Wow , scary!

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Any of you fellas experienced this on the 458 carbon ceramics? I was in the middle of a serious thunderstorm when the brakes basically stopped working. Had to go 20 mph and leave ten car lengths in order for them to finally stop the car
No!

The only thing that happens with my ceramics is they won't warm up proper - so I use the left foot to warm them up.

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Nope, never experienced that from CCM's prior, when it's wet always best to rub off the water by dabbing & keeping the brakes warm....that must have given you a proper wake up call, are the CCm's performing as they should be now?

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Ok so for everyone's benefit I would like to explain. I basically drove into a typical south Florida thunderstorm my wife got off and I stayed in the car. As we were leaving I noticed there were several inches of standing water in the parking lot that we were crossing. When I reached the street I had no brakes.
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Yes I have had it on the FF and the 458, its the disks holding water, it also sometimes happens after a jet wash... mind i don't do those so often.....

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I've driven the 458 in rain on the Spa Francorchamps circuit and had no issues at all. Never had anything like what you're describing in over 10,000 miles in all kinds of weather.

Scary moment that must have been - sorry to hear that.


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I have driven my 458 through some heavy rain in England, including aquaplaning through some of the standing water on M4, never had issues with the brake. It does require warming up, as always with these carbon ceramics brake, to perform their optimum.

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the issue is not limited to CCM brakes, standard disk brakes can experience the same effect of nearly zero braking power when exposed to water and ice conditions... the moisture acts as a lubricant preventing friction or stopping power... standard brake pads are made of compounds affected by moisture resulting in similar experience when moisture gets to them... when encountering wet conditions it is best to continually "check" the brakes...it will wipe them and generate some heat...helping to preserve some braking power...generally not an issue where there is a long braking distance and time for the brakes to clean themselves... mostly noticed when trying to stop in a short distance where there are not enough rotations of the brake disks to clean themselves
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