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thelemur
06-29-2006, 12:33 PM
Ok so my brakes were doing the creaking noise, and my rotors were warped, so i decided to change everything out and lubricate the caliper piston. I ordered r1 concept rotors, and bought cheap brake pads from pep boys

I put everything together, but with the piston compressed, and the pads in, there's not enough room for the rotor to fit in between. Am i missing something here?

I went back to pep boys, and all the pads for my grand am are the same width. Help! :(

pyro
06-29-2006, 12:34 PM
you sure its compressed all the way? should have that issue

thelemur
06-29-2006, 12:37 PM
you sure its compressed all the way? should have that issue

Im going to take a photo and post it, i returned the pads so i cant show them in there, but the piston seems to be pressed all teh way, even past the little bracket that holds the pads in. So basically, the rotor would hit hte bracket before the pads, if that makes sense

pyro
06-29-2006, 12:38 PM
sometimes you need to wiggle it on there, i had to use a mallet to get it over, there shouldnt be too much of a squeeze. try to compress it more.

thelemur
06-29-2006, 12:40 PM
its weird because, compressing the piston more wont help, because hte pad is past the bracket, basically, the rotor would come into contact with teh fixed bracket. here's some photos i just took:

pyro
06-29-2006, 12:42 PM
no pics

thelemur
06-29-2006, 12:46 PM
no pics

Sorry my hosting co. was being a pain, its moving slow, they might take a sec to load:

http://www.dangosser.com/temp/brakes/1.JPG
http://www.dangosser.com/temp/brakes/2.JPG
http://www.dangosser.com/temp/brakes/3.JPG

thelemur
06-29-2006, 01:47 PM
i figured it out, it looks like one of the sliding bolts in the pad bracket seized up and is covered in rust. not sure if i can fix it, or if i have to buy a whole new assembly, ugh

pyro
06-29-2006, 01:50 PM
why didnt you disconnect the caliper from the bracket?

thelemur
06-29-2006, 06:06 PM
why didnt you disconnect the caliper from the bracket?

I did, but I didnt realize that the pins were supposed to slide. I had to buy a whole new bracket @ $52, and a new pin @ $6. blah. heh

B0000rt
06-29-2006, 06:57 PM
Umm, did you tear the boot? There seems to be alot of fluid around there (shouldn't be any, unless it's not brake fluid)...

brsexton
06-29-2006, 07:10 PM
Umm, did you tear the boot? There seems to be alot of fluid around there (shouldn't be any, unless it's not brake fluid)...



I think that is the lube he used on the piston seals for the "creaking" noise.

thelemur
06-29-2006, 07:23 PM
yeah that moisture is the Kluber Fluid on the piston.

Here's a question, how long do the shoes in drum brakes last? my car has 82k on it, they dont sound to hot, im wondering if they could be shot too...

B0000rt
06-30-2006, 09:06 AM
Just open them a take a look.