Fade characteristics of disc brakes largely depend upon the rubbing surface temperature excursions during various braking maneuvers. Surface temperature is very difficult to measure accurately under transient conditions. Therefore, a combined experimental-analytical approach is necessary. Temperature patterns in passenger car disc brakes undergoing various braking schedules have been predicted. These predictions are the result of a finite difference solution of the three-dimensional heat conduction equation in the entire rotor with appropriate convective and radiative cooling from all boundaries.