Front break pads

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#1

So I recently replaced my front break pads, they work fine but there is a slight sliding noise the instant I apply the breaks.
I’m thinking it’s just from me not using enough brake lube in the slide when I put the new breaks on. Wanted to verify that as a plausible idea before doing anything further.


#2

Can you define more understandably what “sliding noise” means?


#3

If the rotors were not resurfaced the new pads will need some time to conform to the uneven surface.


#4

Where’s VDCdriver?
He knows a thing or two about break pads!
CSA


#5

On some cars, it is possible to install the disc brake hardware incorrectly, in a way that it will make noise, in the manner you described

I suggest you put the car on jackstands again, remove both tires and reinspect your work, just to confirm you haven’t made any obvious mistakes


#6

Yes, that’s a plausible cause. I wouldn’t say it is the most likely cause tho. I’d guess in order of likelihood

  • this is normal due to the new pads not matching up with the old rotors yet. If so it will gradually go away w/use. The way I solve this problem myself is to re-surface the rotor a little with some sandpaper. If you can get some minute sandpaper grooves radially oriented on the surface of an existing rotor, that seems to help. I usually also bevel the 90 degree sharp edge of the pads a little while I’m at it.

  • installation hardware either incorrectly situated or some of it missing. There’s usually various shims and anti-rattle gadgets to deal with as part of a brake pad job, and those all have to be on there. Doing one side at a time is how I handle that problem, so I always have the original install to compare against as I do the first pad.


#7

Except he has already taken both calipers off so original hardware is probably gone. no reference is left.