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How tight should Brake pads be in caliper?

I had a go at dry assembly of my new 330s this evening. The EBC Yellowstuff pads are a really tight fit into the calipers. I can fit them by hand, they go into position fine, but need wiggling into position. I assumed they would be fairly loose.

How tight a fit should new pads be in Brembo calipers?
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neither tight nor losse, they should be snug

did you clean up the calipers before fitting?
did you use copper grease?
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I had exactly the same issue with EBC red stuff. Had to sand down a little of the paint. Well did only on one side. First I used a rubber hammer on one side. . However both sides work great now.
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Originally Posted by Lacken156 View Post
neither tight nor losse, they should be snug

did you clean up the calipers before fitting?
did you use copper grease?
Calipers are brand new, fresh from Alfa do no dirt, rust or copper grease yet.
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Originally Posted by yetyGT View Post
I had exactly the same issue with EBC red stuff. Had to sand down a little of the paint. Well did only on one side. First I used a rubber hammer on one side. . However both sides work great now.
I think I'll sand off a little of the paint from the pad edges first. It did seem a touch thick. Will aim for tight enough to move about freely, but not enough to vibrate!
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Had the same issue with EBC red stuff.
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Sounds like EBC are going over the top with their paint!
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Sounds like EBC are going over the top with their paint!
Round the sides as well!

Tight fitting pads is a common problem with aftermarket pads. The backplates will most likely not be made by the brake manufacturer or the OE pad supplier so may not be made to the same tolerances & paint thickness is variable, particularly around the edges where a thick layer may build up.

Loose is better than tight - that's why most brakes use anti-rattle springs in one form or another.
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too loose will causes squealling when they warm up. its a fine line between snug & tight/loose
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