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I have a 2000 chevy malibu. I recently replaced the front brake pads. After this when driving down the road when i hit bumps something in the frontend rattles, i can hear and feel it.. when i hit or ride the brakes over the same roads it stops rattling. As soon as i let off the brakes the rattle comes back. I have taken both front wheels back off and checked all bolts. The caliper bolts are all tight. I am using an impact on the wheel. They are placed back on, tightened then retightened. Rattle persists. At a loss. Only thing i can think of is that the caliper for some reason is backing off when letting off the brakes which makes the caliper loose and rattles.. but why start now when only the brake pads were changed. All pad keepers were good and tight as well.

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A loose pad could do it.
Check the pad anti-rattle clips again. The pads should be snug in the calipers. Its possible the new pads are not the exact same shape as the old ones.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013

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Check to see if the pad retainer spring came off. I seethis a lot at my auto repair shop. Sometimes guys get frustrated and leave them off, if their not needed, they wouldn't be there. Good luck

Posted on Oct 27, 2012

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