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04-09-2004 11:13 AM
Malibucdl Thats what I was thinking, Thanks guys.

Chris
04-09-2004 07:24 AM
19_Chevelle_69 If you look at the tab at the top of the pads, you will see that one of them is taller. These push up on the anti-rattle spring. The pads are installed one way only.
04-09-2004 01:46 AM
Malibucdl Before, just dirty as hell. The brackets were black and the calipers wer raw aluminum.



Chris
04-09-2004 12:23 AM
FASTCHEVY They look good silver. Were they rusted before?

Yeah, I don't know if you can switch pads on not, just a thought.
04-09-2004 12:08 AM
Malibucdl I dont know, is that possible?

I would think the rotors would have to be turned either way.

I don't think I would be comfortable driving on them though.

Oh, here are some pictures of the painted calipers, just for kicks.





Chris
04-08-2004 11:48 PM
FASTCHEVY Can you turn them the other way around and use up the other side?
04-08-2004 11:35 PM
Malibucdl Here's a couple shots of the pads.

The driver side are on the laft, and passenger side are on the right. The outside pads are, of course, on the outside, and inside on the inside.






Chris
04-07-2004 05:04 PM
19_Chevelle_69 Actually, the uneven brake wear on the "N" chassis cars (ie. the inner pad wearing out before the outer pad) is a normal condition. Now, if the pads are SEIZED into the bracket, that is usually caused by rust building up under the shim on the bracket side.

I have yet to see a seized caliper piston, but we usually don't see many very high mileage cars at the dealer.

There have been quite a few times where the calipers creak or squeak when appying the brake, but that has turned out to be the piston contacting a small area in the bore of the caliper, but not a siezed piston. This is/was a common condition with all "N" body cars. Malibu, Grand Am, Alero.
04-07-2004 12:32 AM
FASTCHEVY "beaner-mobile" a car or truck, mostly trucks, with deep dish wheels, Nike stripe/check on the back window, excessive pinstriping, body FX/ground kit, more than one 3rd brake light, has tejano music blaring from it, dingle berries and sometimes children falling out of windows/bed.


I replaced the brakes on my sisters 99 Chevy van and the pads were worn out different, like one side was almost gone while the other side(of the disk) had half left on it.
04-06-2004 11:43 PM
Malibucdl Ok cool, I didn't want to have to put you on my "list' . And sorry if I went to far, I just can't stand stuff like that.

Yes, I too have seen some "riced" Malibus, but luckily none of them live around me.

I do have one question though, what is this "beaner-mobille", never heard that one before?

Ok, back to the topic, my brakes. So ya'll are saying that the uneven wear is caused by dirt build up in the brackets, and not the caliper? Ok cool. Thanks guys, ya'll rock.

Chris
04-06-2004 11:36 PM
FASTCHEVY
Quote:
Originally posted by Malibucdl
Come on now FastChevy. Play nice.

FYI, I will be doing them in silver, so they look brand new, and are easier to clean. Not in red or blue or green or any retarted color like that. If I had the time and equipment, I would polish and powercoat them clear, but I don't, so I am doing what I can. Give me a little credit, and respect another persons tastes. Just because you don't like it, you don't have to call ricer. I take this as a huge insult and would like an apology. Thank you.

Since when is a 2001 Chevy Malibu rice?

Chris

Sorry, I was just kidding. And yes, I've seen riced Malibus. You could call it "burger-ed" but I mostly use "ricer" or "beaner-mobille"
04-06-2004 11:08 PM
Malibucdl Come on now FastChevy. Play nice.

FYI, I will be doing them in silver, so they look brand new, and are easier to clean. Not in red or blue or green or any retarted color like that. If I had the time and equipment, I would polish and powercoat them clear, but I don't, so I am doing what I can. Give me a little credit, and respect another persons tastes. Just because you don't like it, you don't have to call ricer. I take this as a huge insult and would like an apology. Thank you.

Since when is a 2001 Chevy Malibu rice?

Chris
04-06-2004 10:29 PM
FASTCHEVY
Quote:
Originally posted by Malibucdl
I plan on painting my calipers and brackets when I do the brakes,
Chris


CoughricerCough
04-06-2004 09:25 PM
Malibucdl Awesome, thanks 19_Chevelle_69. I plan on painting my calipers and brackets when I do the brakes, so I will definately clean and lube everything up.

Chris
04-06-2004 06:25 PM
19_Chevelle_69 The newer "N" cars usually wear out the inner pads first.

Once the calipers are removed, you will find that the pads are VERY tight in the caliper bracket.

You need to remove the pads, carefully remove the thin shims, then remove all the rust from under the shims.

Apply some high temp lube or anti seize to the bracket, then install the shim. Apply high temp silicone lube to the pad side of the shim (NOT anti-seize here)

Generously apply the high temp silicone lube to the slider pins while they are out as well.

Then you are ready to fit some new pads.

Very common issue. I use the sandblast cabinet to get the rust out from under the shim, but a flat file works just as well here too.
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