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Old 05-16-2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Doing front brake pads/rotors: torque plate bolt size and new anti-rattle clips??

I'm in the midst of replacing the front pads and discs (have caliper/pads off on driver's side so far) and am in a bit of a pickle.

A.) What size are the two TORQUE PLATE TO STEERING KNUCKLE BOLTS? Are they 18mm or 23/32? Conveniently enough, I have neither
B.) Are new anti-rattle clips required when installing new pads? My set of NAPA TruStop pads didn't come with new ones.

Thanks a ton! It would be nice to be able to get the torque plate off!! The discs are uber-rusty...who knows how old they are

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Old 05-16-2005, 05:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: Doing front brake pads/rotors: torque plate bolt size and new anti-rattle clips??

you're right, the torque plate bolts (or caliper bracket as some like to call it) are large, I think either 18 or 19 mm.

I did not use new anti-rattle clips when doing either the front axle OR rear axle disc brake jobs on my SL2. Actually I found it hard to remove them, so i just cleaned them up with a little brake cleen, sandpaper and slapped in the new pads.

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Default Re: Doing front brake pads/rotors: torque plate bolt size and new anti-rattle clips??

The caliper mount to steering knuckle bolts are 18mm heads. Reinstall them with blue locktite to prevent them from backing out.
The anti rattle clips can be reused with no problem. If you want you can bend/tweak the curved up part of the clip to give a bit more hold pressure against the pads.

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