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Old 08-24-2004, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I bought my girl I noticed that over cobbles stones and really uneven road surfaces the car made a metallic rattling sound from the rear of the car...

I thought it was the exhaust, maybe a loose bracket or ill-fitting baffle...

Then as time went on the rattling got worse and started doing it over less prominent bumps and faults in the road...

Well the other day it got bad enough for me to say "f88k it I have to have this sorted - it sounds like I'm driving a bag of spanners"

So off to my mechanic I went...we spent 15 minutes trying to rattle brackets and pipes, exhaust boxes and the like...everything felt solid...so out came the copper hammer and we tried recreating the impact that a bump in the road would have by "tapping" various parts...still nothing! n

So off come the back wheels and we try knocking, tapping and shaking the rotors, struts, etc etc...

Lo and behold we discovered that the brake pads were slightly too small and were jiggling up and down in the calipers...out they came and went into a vice...and by smacking the the tabs on the end we were able to lengthen them...whack them back in and no rattling!

Hoorah for about a month but now the biyatches are rattling again...these are relatively new pads and I dont want to have to replace them! ghead

Any ideas how to stop the rattling for good using the existing pads??

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get pads that fit.
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that's mean, and funny

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they make small metal inserts that fill that space by clipping on to the bottom of the pad back piece. they come in different sizes and will stop the pads from shaking. i just did my friends brakes and his jeep pads needed them. once they are in .......
its nice.

dont know what they are called, but check your local parts stores. they should sell variety packs for a few $$

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they make small metal inserts that fill that space by clipping on to the bottom of the pad back piece. they come in different sizes and will stop the pads from shaking. i just did my friends brakes and his jeep pads needed them. once they are in .......
its nice.

dont know what they are called, but check your local parts stores. they should sell variety packs for a few $$

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Thanks Mark!

I would never have found that out without your post...cheers

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PS - do your breaks not have the anti-raddle clips on um??
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brakes are for sissies anyways they just slow you down.
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brakes are for sissies anyways they just slow you down.
Ben, step away from the car!

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well if they are for sissies I choose to be one!

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brakes are for sissies anyways they just slow you down.
I guess you haven't spent a lot of time on the track dude... give me awesome brakes and 25 less ponies any day... Brakes let you carry speed deeper into turns, notice we say carry speed, becuase it is easy to stomp on a mountain of motor, much harder to keep that throttle open and be smooth, rahther than have a thumping motor make up for ham fisted driving... (by the way there is lot to be said for ham fisted driving as it can be really fun)
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There are two anti rattle clips required. see diagram attached. Also use anti sqeal compound (we call the blue stuff smurf cum because well.........) these slips could be either bent broken missing or just plain weak.
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#3 was exactly what I was talking about that might be missing...
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kudos to you nycbmw!

I have seen these on the fronts - will check the rears - prolly just weak ones!

thanks again

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