Problem with my 2005 Chevy Malibu Question: We are trying to change the rear brake pads on a 2005 chevy malibu. We cannot get the pressure plate to give at all.
JK: I you are referring to the caliper piston, the piston needs to be turned and pushed in at the same time. This is done with a special caliper tool. You can usually purchase this or loan this from one of the large national parts store chains. If not, you can use a large pair of channel locks. Grab the edge of the piston being careful not to rip the rubber dust boot. Turn the piston clockwise and push in at the same time. Usually 3 revolutions will get it all the way in.
1999 Chevy Malibu 4 dr 2.4 liter Question: I'm having problems when i brake and only when i brake When i press the brake my brakes start knocking. Sounds like the front of car.i changed my rotors about 3 weeks ago and yesterday it started doing this knocking,IT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN PRESSING ON BRAKES. The car stops like normal,just with a knock. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.
Answer: A couple different things might be causing your noise. There may have been a caliper bolt or caliper bracket bolt that has come loose or broken off. This would allow the caliper and/or bracket to move around on the rotor during braking and would cause a knocking noise.
Also, the brake pads are meant to be installed in a particular way, and if they were put in the wrong place accidentally, that would lead to uneven wear and the pad could be making noise. If you want to check that, you need to make sure the inboard pad on each side has the bigger tab in the center.
Your best bet is to remove the wheels and see what is loose or broken. If the caliper bracket has been banging around, you'll see scrapes and marks on the inside of the wheel.
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