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Old 08-19-2003, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default FYI...Where to apply grease during brake pad install

Hopefully this will resolve some of the noise issues seen after brake pad installs.

10/14/04 - Update on the grease I used for my install: When installing my last set of brake pads, I used Squeak Relief Caliper Grease. The Subaru Service maunal calls for Molykote Grease, which I couldn't find anywhere. Squeak Relief Caliper Grease contains Molybdenum Disulfide, which is rumored to be the main lubricant in the Molykote Grease. Either way, I have yet to get any squeaks out of my brakes for the last 5,000 miles.
URL=http://www.autobarn.net/squeakrelcal.html

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Old 08-19-2003, 11:12 PM   #2
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Thanks. I'm installing some Hawk pads this weekend, so I don't have the Subaru kit .

I was intending to use the "blue stuff" and didn't know about applying grease to the shim/back of the pad. Should I use grease, and if yes, what type?
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Old 08-20-2003, 07:28 AM   #3
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You should apply anti-squeal compound which is sold at most parts store about 50 cents / pack.
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Old 08-21-2003, 04:03 AM   #4
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Default Permatex Caliper Grease

I used the Permatex caliper grease (dark green, says safe for anti squeal shims on back of package) sold at Checker - $4. Do not get grease on surface of the pad that presses against the rotor. I used a very small amount at the points shown in the diagram.

That picture is an even better representation than the one in the service manual. Nice! Thanks for the post downeyer.

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Old 08-24-2003, 05:20 PM   #5
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someone should clean up that diagram and make it a sticky.
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Old 09-25-2003, 08:29 AM   #6
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That "rubber" shim between the metal plate and back of pad: What if it's not rubber anymore? Like it's just metal?! Uhhh cuz that's what mine looks like. Should I just coat it or something or what?

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Old 09-25-2003, 08:50 AM   #7
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I don't use those stupid shims.....they cause more noise then they help......at least that's what I've found

I do use the clips though, and put anti-squeal giz on the back of the pad and grease stuff in the clips.
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Old 10-02-2004, 08:32 AM   #8
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I don't use those stupid shims.....they cause more noise then they help......at least that's what I've found

I do use the clips though, and put anti-squeal giz on the back of the pad and grease stuff in the clips.
Amen ta dat! Never used shims and never had a problem.
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Old 10-02-2004, 11:18 AM   #9
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I never had a rubber-coated shim. Just the metal one that goes on the backside of the brake pad...
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Old 05-04-2006, 07:11 PM   #10
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So, don't use the shins even on the STI Brembo when using aftermarket pads such as Hawk HPS?
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Old 07-22-2006, 07:03 PM   #11
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So, don't use the shins even on the STI Brembo when using aftermarket pads such as Hawk HPS?
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Old 07-22-2006, 07:14 PM   #12
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So, don't use the shins even on the STI Brembo when using aftermarket pads such as Hawk HPS?
Hey Richard -

You don't need the shims.
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Old 07-22-2006, 07:15 PM   #13
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^^ Interested in that as well.
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Old 07-22-2006, 10:44 PM   #14
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My Legacy wagon has been used on a mail rt. now for 10 years, I put around two sets of pads a year on it and have not used those silly shims in around 9 years, away with them.
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Amen ta dat! Never used shims and never had a problem.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:46 AM   #15
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So, don't use the shims even on the STI Brembo when using aftermarket pads such as Hawk HPS?
What about using the stock shims plus the grease? Thanx
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Old 06-28-2007, 12:58 PM   #16
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Some pads, like the Hawks, have the shims built into the pad. Therefore they recommend that you don't re-use the stock shims.

The stock pads have the shim kits because there are no built in shims.

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Old 06-28-2007, 02:01 PM   #17
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While we're FYI'ing it up:

FYI, EBC pads don't come with grease, so if you're installing them at say, 12 in the morning to get ready for AutoX the next day, you get squeeky pads because all the stores are closed, good game. Even the premium but far less expensive street pads I bought for my girlfriend's Civic came with anti-squeel grease.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:06 PM   #18
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Glad I bought that synthetic brake grease a month ago!
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someone should clean up that diagram and make it a sticky.
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidp.../photostream// (it's not linking to the right picture, just go left one and it should be there)

don't know how to add the pictures from my flickr. so maybe you can re-link it from somewhere
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