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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 12-07-2002 05:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm rebuilding my first ever set of disc brake calipers and while I've asked a couple of mechanics, I don't trust them ... I trust you guys!
Qu1: The outer brake pads have too miserly little pins that hold them to the caliper, and look like they should be held in place with clips. When I removed them, the two pins were tied together with wire. Is this all it takes - clips or wire - to hold those pads in place?
Qu2: The inner pads ... At the bottom corners of the pads (if you imagine the whole assembly installed) are two spring steel loops bolted to the detachable part of the caliper assembly that bolts to the car. One mechanic told me the pads are held in place by those steel loops, which means the ears on the pads should go between the loops and the assembly. Another told me there's nothing holding the pads -- they go outside the loops. And he said the function of the loops is that they should extend a little beyond the assembly and make a scratching noise when my pads are low -- a sort of early warning system.
I hope this is clear! It's my life at stake here so I'm not shy about asking these itty bitty questions
Thanks as always,
Simon

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73trials
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posted 12-07-2002 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73trials   Click Here to Email 73trials     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just did my brakes this week, I know this for sure, those clips are there to hold down the inner brake pad. As for the pins, (outer pad) mine didn't have any wire between them, just held in by those clips. Perhaps someone else knows more.

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Erwin
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Fastback68
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posted 12-07-2002 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks fella, I think you answered my questions! Although mine had wire between the pins, the wire surely wasn't original. I think it was there as a safety measure 'cos the clips on those pins sure look weedy.
I suppose the theory is that the pads aren't gonna fall out, 'cos they can't really, but I think I'm gonna re-add the wire anyway.

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mustang68mustangs
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posted 12-07-2002 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs   Click Here to Email mustang68mustangs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The outer pads are held on with the pins that go thrue the pads and spring steel clips clip on to hold them in place.You will need to buy a hardware kit from one of the vendors and get all the right pieces to do it right.

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