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Old 30 Dec 2010, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just replaced rear pads and discs. the pads i have on the car seemed to be to big for the caliper. where the pads sit in the calliper there is a piece of metal either side. i had to remove the metal on 1 side to put the pads in. will this be safe or shall i return the pads to where i bought them?
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Old 30 Dec 2010, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Will be safe enough but the plates are anti squeal shims so you might have squeaky brakes. I would take them apart again and clean all brake dust and crud off the caliper and make sure the pistons are pushed back fully and try and refit them with the shim. I would be fairly certain that they should fit with the shims
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Old 30 Dec 2010, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: rear brakes

i cleaned the callipers with a wire brush but will take apart again to see if i can get them to fit better.
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Old 30 Dec 2010, 09:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Use a screwdriver and scrap the edges where the pad side touch too
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Old 31 Dec 2010, 04:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: rear brakes

i cleaned all the calliper again today and had to sand the edges of the pads to get them to fit with metal shims in place. it seems to of worked. when i brake it squeals a bit but hopefully stop that when the pads and discs have worn in.
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Smear copper grease on the shims sliders and face of the piston to help with squeal. Being careful not to get any on the disc or friction material
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Old 31 Dec 2010, 08:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: rear brakes

k mate will do when fitting my lights
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