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1999 Oldsmobile Alero Brakes Question


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'Jett
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Jan 28, 2013, 1:26 PM

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Well recently I heard a scratching noise each time I would drive my car and I knew it was the brakes. So recently I figured out what it was and it was the little L shaped metal piece on the caliper thats almost touching the rotor. Heres a picture of a YouTube video just so you know what Im talking about.

Anyways, I noticed it was bent backwards and touching the rotor so I tried to bend it back in place and the bottom part broke off. Now there is only one on there and Im curious if it will make any difference and what exactly was it for? Thanks in advance to anyone that responds.




(This post was edited by 'Jett on Jan 28, 2013, 3:50 PM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 28, 2013, 3:44 PM

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Those are anti rattle stuff. Caliper is off but brake pads need springy things or they rattle like nuts. Dunno how those got messed up but new ones are available. Rotor look lousy in that pic to me. Your call - wanna do a whole real brake job on this?

Also - don't let a caliper hang by the hose. They will fail by doing that! -- T


'Jett
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Jan 28, 2013, 3:54 PM

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I guess Ill change them out one day when I do another brake job or if it starts to rattle. I hope the one thats left will keep it from rattling though. Not really sure if your telling me it will be fine or if it wont be? Just that it may rattle, correct?

Note: The car in the video isn't mine by the way.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 28, 2013, 8:59 PM

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No matter on the exact car - we get the idea. That hardware is usually dirt cheap so just toss it all, both sides. Much will go another round and some really wont. You know that stuff is NG when not using brakes on a bumpy road then shut up with even light brake pressure -- Tom







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