Just want to cheme in with my Brembo brake squeal experience for my 13 F-Sport.
The squeal was very obvious on my car, loud and gradually happened almost all the times, maybe 95%. It was not the usual low speed or cold morning occurences. It squealed more and more, louder and louder as it got warm/hot. The noise bothered me so much to the point where I didn't even want to drive the car.
I brought the car into the dealer twice. First time pads were replaced and bedding was done.
I did a lube job on backs of pads and all metal contact pts. No help.
Second time was at a different dealer (March 14). To show you guys how bad the squeal was, the shop manager noticed the noise at his very first press on the brake (within 15 feet). The rest of the drive with me was just to comfirm and to make it back to the Service drop-off, all within the dealer parking lot, and it squealed everytime during. Shop manager told service adviser "it's a go". They proceeded with TSB L-SB-0008-12 and again ordered and replaced pads from Brembo. Took a week. Service tech also did bedding and reported no squeal or noise. Well, it squealed again about a week after. This time maybe about 80% of the times.
Though for my normal street driving, the brake never got faded nor lost any effectiveness. But the squeaking and not being able to drive and enjoy the car that was what made me look at aftermarket pads.
Last month I called and talked to Carbotech and they confirmed their CT1440-1521 does fit my car, which I couldn't get any fitment confirmations from any retailers I asked. So I took a chance and ordered a front pair through one of Carbotech retailers. Took a week to arrive
I swabbed the pads myself and here's what I noticed, after 250 miles driving:
1. Virtually the squeal is gone for me. I don't think I heard any. I can't confirm this for anyone's experience though.
2. Dust is reduced to about the same or less than that of the rear, which are non-Brembo and non-squealing
3. The "first bite" is not as dramatic as before with the OEM Brembo. I didn't mind the Brembo's "first bite", and just learned to live with it. Now with Carbotech, the feel is a bit smoother. This might or might not be good for other people who has more aggressive driving style than mine. But I like the change.
Although the physical Carbotech pads fit our 13 F-Sport Brembo set up very well, there seem to be an issue for me to clip back on my car's pad wearing sensor. I am attaching a picture for your view; Red
pad is Carbotech. Basically, the Carbotech pad is missing a secondary thinner slot for the wearing sensor to clip back onto. I have brought this issue to Carbotech and they are working on meassuring and making this secondary thinner slot, as this moment. Right now, I am running my Carbotech pads without the wearing sensor installed; I just ziptied the sensor safely around the area. I supposed I could dremel the slot or bring the pads to a machine shop for the cut. Still have a while to worry about it. I would advise checking or talking to someone at Carbotech before ordering.
Sorry for the long post guys, and I am not endorsing anyone here. To be honest, I have never bought a $200 brake pad in my life, and I don't know at this moment if there are other pads available out there for our 13+ F-Sport. I don't know if the will squeal again in the future even with these Carbotech pads, but so far I am enjoying the less dust and the squeal-free