New brake pad shim damage, not sure if I can use them.

Discussion in '2005+ Mustang GT 4.6L Tech' started by Sethieguy, Jan 27, 2023.

  1. Sethieguy

    Sethieguy Junior Member

    Installing new pads opened the box and what do ya know there’s this little defect.
    Not sure if the clamping force would straighten it out, should I try tapping it flush with a hammer. Any other thoughts? Thanks in advance.

    Ps. I’m trying to get this job done tonight lol. If I should return them I will but if it’s not gonna be an issue I’d like to use them, I just have no idea if it is okay to use. I have a cars and coffee in the morning, of course something like this happens.



  2. MrBhp

    MrBhp Senior Member

    If the parts house was just a few minutes away, I would exchange them. If online, I would use them. I don't see any issue really. If your were tracking the car and just dropped some coin on good pads, then yeah, get them exchanged.
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  3. MrBhp

    MrBhp Senior Member

    Also fwiw, new brakes will not keep your car from getting pedestrian hungry. Lol
  4. Sethieguy

    Sethieguy Junior Member

    Thanks for the advice, yeah I ordered them online so I think I’m gonna use them as is, I’m to impatient lol.

    And lmao noted, I will do my best to stay outta the crowds
  5. skwerl

    skwerl tree hugger

    Either tap it flat with a hammer or grind off the ridge with a grinder. Then go about your business and forget about it. The important part is that the caliper sits flat on the back of the pad.
  6. Cum Grano Salis

    Cum Grano Salis Member

    Agreed, see that as very superficial. No damage to pad and looks like automated riveter was hanging up? Note anti-rattle springs which is good though.
    MasterofDisaster likes this.
  7. 07 Boss

    07 Boss Senior Member

    Slide it in the caliper and see where the defect sits. It's not like the the pistons cover the whole backing plate.
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  8. 86GT351

    86GT351 forum member

    Send it!
    kazman59 likes this.
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