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Old 08-14-2007, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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e34 loose brake pad

Hey all. Been hearing some rattling when going over bumps on front driver's side. I pulled the wheel over the weekend and seems the pad on the outside is secured on the lower part but I can move the upper. This seems to be the source of the rattle. I've never done brakes before so I'm not quite sure how to secure it back in place. Any ideas?

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Locate primary caliper mounting bolts, apply wrench pressure counter clockwise to remove the bolt, upper and lower. Make sure the bolt threads are in good shape and replace if necessary.
After removing the primary caliper mounting bolts, lift the brake caliper tie or set gently to the side, be careful of the brake caliper flex hose not to bend or kink it. Thoroughly inspect brake caliper and brake hoses for leakage and replace as needed. Next loosen the brake pads and secondary caliper mounting bolts.
Remove brake pads, make sure if there is anti rattle hardware to transfer to the new brake pads.

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Definatley consult the service manual while you do this one, It's a great resource. If you don't own it, you damn well should, but theres a post stickied in the forum that has a .pdf of it. It'll tell you how to take the entire car apart and reassemble it.
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Sounds like whoever replaced the brakes last did not use factory pads. Its very common for an aftermarket pad to not fit in the sliders as tight as a factory pad and rattle.
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