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Old 05-09-2007, 04:45 PM
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Nova brake pad question

I have been rebuilding the front end of my 1970 nova. I bought the thing as a bare shell and am slowly working my way around it. It had disc brakes and i got new rotors and pads to put on. My problem is that the outer pad for each caliper just doesn't stay put. It has these tiny little tabs that wont bend over the outer caliper ears and it flops/slides back and forth on the bolts and against the rotor easily. First I got autzone duralast pads and when this happened returned them and bought raybestos pads from another dealer but the situation is the same either way. What do I do here? the inner pad easily clips on with the little piece that snaps into the piston, but the outer pad moves all over and scrapes against the rotor!
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Set the outer pad on the floor so it's standing up on the inner edge of the metal part of the pad and gently hit each tang with a hammer, (bending them over more) test fit, hit again, test fit. Do this until the outer pads go into the caliper with a little pressure. ALL brands are like this. Sometimes you can just install out of the box but if the rotor is out even a little, the pad will give you a click, click, click as the rotor moves the pad up and then lets go. Just mash em over a tad! LOL

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The Factory Service Manuals actually show a process of using a larger channellock pliers to squeeze the tabs in place around the caliper body. I've never been able to get them tight enough that way, so I use Mark's method of mashing them with a hammer before installing the pad in the caliper. All GM single piston calipers are designed this way.
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Set the outer pad on the floor so it's standing up on the inner edge of the metal part of the pad and gently hit each tang with a hammer, (bending them over more) test fit, hit again, test fit. Do this until the outer pads go into the caliper with a little pressure. ALL brands are like this. Sometimes you can just install out of the box but if the rotor is out even a little, the pad will give you a click, click, click as the rotor moves the pad up and then lets go. Just mash em over a tad! LOL

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Sounds simple enough, tap it with a hammer.
Just to clarify, how should I set the pad on the floor?
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Stand the outer pad on the concrete floor or good vise so it's resting on the metal part of the pad and the two "tangs" are on top. The channel locks works too but as stated, it's hard to get them snug enough doing it with the pads installed in the caliper.
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