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2005 grand prix rear pads. how tight should the pads be and how tight should the anti rattle clip be. i can barely get the pads in then they hardly slide, and then clip seems to be in the way. it is almost imossible to even get the one pad in because the clip hits the caliper. the old ones were very tight as well but working. i guess i should have just left them alone....
You screw in the caliper piston-- the pads will fall in there,
then ratchet up the park adjuster, when all is back together
No ----you should not have left them alone
You should always be taking things apart
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The rear calipers on these models require a special tool that compresses and turns the piston in at the same time -- most parts stores carry this tool.
It is called a caliper piston press -- and it installs where the pads would go and acts like a c-clamp,when turning handle it will turn the caliper piston backinto the caliper as it compresses it.
Anytime the brake rotor or brake pads are being replaced, the rear caliper piston must be seated (bottomed) to compensate for the new brake rotor or lining. Because the Parking Brake self-adjuster mechanism is attached to the piston, a special seating method is required. The only acceptable method is by rotating the piston back into the bore using Retractor,MILLER Special Tool 8807, . Any other seating method will damage the self-adjuster mechanism.
Good luck and hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 07, 2010
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NOTE: Removing a small amount of brake fluid from the master cylinder using a turkey baster
Fig. 4: Tighten the C-clamp until the piston reaches the bottom of its bore
Fig. 5: Remove the caliper mounting bolts
Fig. 6: Slide the caliper off the brake rotor
Fig. 7: Support the caliper so that no tension is placed on the brake hose
Fig. 8: Hold the anti-rattle clip while removing the outboard pad (4)
Fig. 9: Removing the outboard brake pad
Fig. 10: Remove the inboard pad and anti-rattle clip
Fig. 11: Removing the inboard brake pad
Fig. 12: Removing the anti-rattle clip
Fig. 13: Install the support spring onto the shoe of the inboard brake pad
Fig. 14: Installing the inboard pad
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