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Old 12-13-2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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Brake pad wear indicator - which side?

Hello,

I'm trying to do my first brake job (front), and I have a question which might seem silly, but I haven't been able to find a definitive answer.

My new pads only have one wear indicator for each side (at least that's what I'm assuming the little plate of metal to be).

1. Does the pad with the indicator go on the inside or outside of the rotor?
2. Does the indicator go toward the front (meaning a given spot on the rotor would meet it after passing the pad when driving forward) or toward the back (rotor would meet it first, then the pad)?

For the record, they're currently on the outside toward the back. But they were last changed at a body shop following an accident, and based on the rest of the hack job they've done, I can't trust that they've done it correctly.

I don't think it'll make any difference, but the rotors and calipers are being changed out as well.

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I've always put them on the outside, but it doesn't matter.
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Thanks a lot for the quick replies. It's very helpful.
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Personally, I'm an 'inny', as opposed to an outty. My reasoning is because, if your slide pins are stuck and don't slide, that warning tab will continuously scrape the rotor after you let go of the brake pedal, scoring the rotor.

The warning tab is supposed to touch the rotor only when you're braking.

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I always put them on the inside against the piston. If the caliper gets sticky the inner pad will wear faster, and usually always does (slightly) anyhow.
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I also put them on the inside, as said, the the slider pins are sticky, not only will it scrape, but the inboard pad will wear much much faster, and you won't know that your pads are down until they're scoring the crap out of the rotor.
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I also put them on the inside, as said, the the slider pins are sticky, not only will it scrape, but the inboard pad will wear much much faster, and you won't know that your pads are down until they're scoring the crap out of the rotor.
I rotate tires every oil change, 3000 miles... I'm always inspecting the pads while the wheel's out... also inspecting suspension and what-not down there. If there's 1mm of brake pad left, it's prob a good time to start looking for new pads. Then next oil change, the new pads go in. I really don't like scoring rotors, esp expensive high performance rotors.
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