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Brake pads that don't fit into their holders
Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:18 AM
Could hardly pry the old pads out of the holder, gee, maybe that's why the inner pad is almost new and the outer pad is toast?
Cleaned everything up and the new pads (from napa) were the same way- what the heck?
You could see where the metal of the pad backer had 'smeared' a little bit during the stamping and shearing process, leaving the pad oversize.
Little work with the grinder fixed that right up, but this isn't the 1st time I've had to do post-work on new brake parts. Had to take a grinder to some minivan drums last year to remove some material they didn't turn off with the lathe.
The pads I took out had been put in by the dealer, so I assume they were OEM.
I had removed the stainless pieces and cleaned them, and made sure the areas where they set were clean and not all rusty, so I'm fairly sure this was all about the pad backer being oversize.
The caliper sliders had good boots and moved freely, at least.
Posted 27 April 2009 - 09:42 AM
i didn't think to file/grind the tabs down but will next time, that doesn't seem right.
Posted 27 April 2009 - 09:48 AM
I'm usually installing new Wagner Therno Quiet pads and new rotors.
Flash is common and I always file, and use anti-seize.
I also take the stainless clips off and file the bracket behind them and apply some anit-seize there as well hoping to minimize rust (which expands the metal). Clean the stainless clips usually with brake clean and scotch brite.
Install pads with the bracket in the vise. If tight - file flash until snug. Tape pads out, install bracket along w/rotor on the car, install pads.
Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:04 AM
The problem I had was on a 1997 Legacy, where the article says 2001+ vehicles. I guess with older ones maybe it's just rust or something? Didn't seem that rusty to me, no more than any other caliper bracket i've worked on.
Edited by grossgary, 27 April 2009 - 10:06 AM.
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