View Full Version : Front Brake Rattle

08-19-2008, 01:00 PM
I've done some searching about the rattling noise that is coming from the brakes on the front of my '94 Cobra, and have been unable to come up with anything. I'm hoping that maybe someone else out there has experienced and fixed this problem. I have not pulled the wheels and calipers to look at the problem yet because I was hoping to get some suggestions on where to look first.

The rattle is fairly pronounced and only occurs on harsh bumps. The noise does not occur if I ride the brake pedal while going over bumps. The pads are NAPA brand ceramic pads that I installed about 1-1/2 years ago. I did not notice the rattle until about 6 months ago. It has finally gotten to the point that it bothers me enough to fix it now. Any ideas would be appreciated.



08-19-2008, 05:16 PM
Sounds as if the rattle clips are missing.

08-19-2008, 07:33 PM
i have the same issue on my car. my clips are there and in right and tight but it still does it unless i apply the brakes even barley. I thought it was a suspension issue but i eliminated that after i realized i barley tape the brakes and it stops...so im not to sure but mine does it aswell

09-03-2008, 12:10 PM
I've looked the brakes over well and the anti-rattle clips are in place and appear to be installed properly. I know that I put them back in the way that they came out when I replaced the pads (that doesn't necessarily mean that they were in place properly before I removed them though). I have been unable to find a good picture showing the correct installation of the clips. Does anyone know where I might find such a picture or diagram?

09-11-2008, 09:26 PM
Is the noise coming from just one caliper or both? Check the front pads of each caliper and see if you can move them up and down at all... I would check that all your clips are still there.

I doubt this is the problem since the pads were installed years ago.. but when you install the pads, there is a front and rear pad. I have heard of people installing 2 rear pads on one side, and 2 front pads on the other. This will cause one caliper to make noise as it allows the pads to move up and down ever so slighty and usually only happens when going over bumps.

09-22-2008, 12:38 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, but the noise is coming from both calipers. I think I am going to take everything apart on at least one side and see if I can possibly figure out what is going on. Now I just need to find the time!

09-22-2008, 03:36 PM
can you grab the caliper and giggle them up and down in the bracket? or are they nice and tight with the pin in?

09-22-2008, 09:54 PM
Also how about break quite on the backside of the pads??

12-28-2008, 07:08 PM
It has bee quite a while, but I finally had time to take a close look at the front brakes this weekend. All of the clips were in place, and I had previously put stop squeal sealant on the backs of the pads. I got to playing with calipers and noticed that I could jiggle them around, even though everything was installed properly. I decided that the only only thing that might fix the situation would be to remove the anti-rattle clips and bend them out further so that they created more pressure to hold the caliper in place. This actually completely eliminated the problem. No more rattle at all, and zero dollars spent!

This fix might end up being short lived as the clips may tend to creep back to the original position (especially since I believe these to be the original clips). Until that happens I am going to leave them alone and enjoy being free of that annoying rattle.

Thanks for all of the suggestions. I hope this may help some of the others that have had the same problem.

12-28-2008, 09:44 PM
Thank You for the update and I'm glad it was a simple fix.