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Old 03-12-2012, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Caliper Loose but bolts are tight!

Hi all,

I just did my oil change and was looking around for the cause of my front end rattle. I noticed my calipers are loose in their brackets. I mean really loose. I can grab them and shake them and get them clunk and bang around. I check the bolts and they are tight. I've done front brake jobs several times and I've never seen anything like this. Both calipers too!

The rattle is most noticeable at 20mph over cracked pavement or small quick impacts. The slightest brake pressure makes it stop. I just did the sway bar end links and the tension strut links are about a year old. Oh, 300c with 55k miles on the car.

Any suggestions/thoughts on this on? Thanks.
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Have you replaced the brake pads?
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No, I haven't touched the pads. I look a look when I pulled the wheels to do the sway bar end links and they have lots of pad left. I'm going to take the brakes apart this weekend and see if any thing is broken and then grease the guide pins.
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Well, the short version is the rattle is gone and it seems that the calipers are ok. I've never seen calipers with this much movement but it seems to be ok.

I pulled the wheels, popped off the calipers, greased the pins, and tightened the brake pad retainer clips. I also greased the outer tie rods (aftermarket Moog). Rattle is gone. I really didn't expect any of this to actually help so I'm happy.
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