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Just put new calipers and pads on the D44 have a few ???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stallion85, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    Alright this is the first time I have ever put new calipers on a vehicle so this might sound stupid. I put the pads in the caliper then mounted it to the backets on the D44. Now what has got me pondering is that the outside pad is loose in against the rotor.

    Is this because I shouldn't tighten the pins until the I bleed the brakes? When I bleed the brakes I am thinking the piston in the caliper will pickup the slack on the inside and the outside one will then be tight against the rotor?

    Or is something else going on?:confused:
     
  2. 4X4HIGH

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    You are correct. Once you hit the brakes the piston will move the caliper putting a slight tension on the outside pad. Just remember that whatever you do, push the brake pedal a time or two before trying to drive it because the pedal will go to the floor the first time.
     
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    yep, its no fun when you forget to stab the pedal a few times before moving, ha.
     
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    Are you saying after I bleed the brakes I will have to do this??
     
  5. BobK

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    After everything is back together,pump the brake pedal a few times to "seat" the new brake pads against the rotors.

    No need to bleed the system unless the system was opened up.
     
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    he replaced calipers.

    nope won't have to do it after you bleed the brakes. Even while bleeding, you will notice the space disappear when you hit the pedal.

    For the price of front calipers for a D44, I say replace them every brake job :)
     
  7. goldwing2000

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    Another thing that most people don't do is crimp on the outer pads to keep them from rattling.
    The inner pads have the clip that hold it in place against the piston but the outer pads have the two little "ears" that stick over at the outside. After you've seated the pads as described previously, take a pair of channel locks and squeeze the tabs down to clamp the pads onto the caliper.
     
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    Cool, thanks I didn't know that:)
     

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