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clips on oem brake pads, not on Repco MMs for Girling dual piston Calipers
- Sorry this is a little long-
I spent Sunday afternoon replacing the heaviliy worn, original front rotors with cross drilled ones from delta t (thanks Bob!) and Repco Metal Master brake pads.
Although the new brake pads were the same shape as the original, they did not come with the torx bolts and approximately 4 inch long spring clips for the outboard pads. These clips help hold the pad to the pad carrier. I put a huge quantity of liquid wrench on the bolts, but could not get them out using my torx wrench set. I'll try again later with a torx bit on a breaker bar, with the pads in a wise. Even if I am able to remove the clips, I will need to replace the bolts.
Bentley does not shown these clips in their brake section.
After looking at the way the Girling dual piston caliper holds the pads, I decided to try installing the new Repcos without the clips. I was able to install them without any trouble at all. Later I spent about a half hour on the road "bedding" the new pads.
The brakes are definitely "stronger" than they were previously. Duh- I had less than 1/8 inch of pad left!
My questions for the day to the list is:
1. What are these clips on the pads for???
2. Do I need to install replacement clips onto the new Repco MMs?
3. One of each pair Repco MMs came with wires for wear sensors, evidently my car does not have a matching connector for this feature. Do any fellow Coupe Q or 90 owners have cars with the pad wear sensors??
I installed these pads inboard, pulled through the wire, and tie-wrapped it to the brakelines.
4. Should I just have clipped the wear sensor wires off???
Sorry for the bandwidth, but I'm puzzled!
1990 Coupe Q 82k+ miles ( and new front brakes!)