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Old 04-29-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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Caliper rubbing on rims after installing new brakes

I checked around im hoping this isnt a new thread but i had to post about this. Im at a loss for what to do.

I have an 02 zx3 with svt contour rims.

Took the old brake pads and rotors off and replaced with new ones from advance auto. Put everything back together but when i put my wheel back on the rim is rubbing against the caliper.

The caliper seems to be too far forward now and the tire cannot sit flush on the rotor like it should. I have talked to about 5 different places even ford and no one understands why this is happening.

I have only had the car for a year and only been driving it since september so this is my first time doing the brakes on it. I talked to the previous owner of the car and he said he just went to advance and got the parts they told him for his car and put them on no problem. Part of me thinks hes not telling me the truth but im not sure what to believe at this point.

My opinion is the pads are too thick so the caliper sticks too far out causing it to hit the rim.

Ive double checked my parts to make sure they were right with multiple sources and they are apparently the right ones.

This whole situation is very bizarre.

If anyone has any insight let me know, im taking the car to a friends shop tonight to have him look at it cuz im just stumped.


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Old 04-29-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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I was just thinking that i should have taken pictures, everything is put back together. But tonight when i run to my buddys place and get the wheel back off i will take some if we dont figure it out.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:52 PM   #4
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Are those 16" wheels or 17"?
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Sounds like your caliper is not placed correctly.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #6
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Its not really possible to have those calipers on wrong. I put them on the same way they were on before.

The rims are 16"
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Sounds to me like the non-oem rotors are a little thinner than the others... Something that may not be a problem when the company tested with stock wheels... That or calipers are not seated properly as said above, witch as you already pointed out not being the problem...

Try old rotors with new pads and see if it fits right...
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I tried old rotors with new pads earlier and they same thing was happening.

The pads are just too thick. I swear that has to be the problem. Im thinking either replacing the hubs with new studs that are longer much not sure those exist or just putting longer studs on with wheel spacers.

I just find the situation really odd because ive heard of these rims being on focuses before but why is this happening with mine? Its just really weird to me. And i cant find another solution besides spending more money.
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Sou you are running aftermarket wheels it sounds like.

It is possible they only fit with mostly worn out brake pads, thus they don't really fit.

Longer wheel studs won't help, unless it's so you can run wheel spacers, which is usually a bad idea.
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It's been a while, but if I remember right when I replaced my rotors and pads, there was like almost no clearance between the pads and rotors... So it can't be the pads are to thick... I'll back elsolo up and say that the wheels aren't really compatible, without worn pads...
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