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    Tadpole
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    Loud "clunking" from the front

    When I brake, particularly when I am going in reverse, I get a loud "clunk" from the front. I also feel it through the steering. When I jacked up the front passengers side I could move the disc calliper quite easily. This seemed to reprodice the noise from inside the car.
    Is this a common problem? Do I need to replace the brake assembly?
    Thanks.

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    Moderator Alan S's Avatar
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    Presumably this is coming from a BX?
    It seems that if the brake pads are replaced with non genuine ones then this is the cross you have to bear It can also be drop links on the sway bar. I have heard of people painting copper grease on the back of the pads to stop the noise but I don't know if I'm that brave in case any gets on the front or friction surface.
    This is working on the assumption of course that the pads have been fitted correctly. The other thing that will make the pads rattle is if the rotors are worn down in which case new rotors are the only solution. In this case it will apply to any car not just the BX.

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    Real cars have hydraulics DoubleChevron's Avatar
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    Alans right,

    all BX's (& 405's?) do this. On the BX forum some say guenuine pads don't do this, and others say they do as well. ie: It's normal, don't worry about it!.

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    Tadpole
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    Hi,
    I had to replace the brake caliper as the wear in the sliding section was the problem. The noise on that side has gone - trouble is I can now hear the start of the same noise from the drivers side
    Still I did fix it myself and save money
    Thanks all.

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    Real cars have hydraulics DoubleChevron's Avatar
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    Hi Michael,

    I still say don't worry about it, yes changing the brake caliper will fix it for mega $$$$ (what mechanic told you it needed to be changed??). The point is you'll probably find the new caliper will start making the clonking noise in the not to distant future anyway...... ie: You'll be back to where you started. I can't see how wear in the sliding part of the caliper would ever do this, it's different pads not quite seating really well against the caliper & moving when you brake after reversing (or reversing after going forward).

    Remember this doesn't affect the braking ability of your car at all!

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    '63 ID19 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90325
    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


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