2006 Toyota Corolla Brake Pad Support Plate Shifting

Tiny
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  • 2006 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 45,000 MILES
Recently, I noticed a horrible griding sound at low
speeds, and now also a squeak. I discovered by
pulling the LF wheel that a piece of metal called the
"brake pad support plate" was making contact
with the rotor (on the inside). I pushed the
support plate from the outside with the tire iron
until the inside and outside gaps were equal,
and the noise went away.

However, now it's back, how do lock this piece of
metal in place to prevent it from shift?
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Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 AT 12:31 PM

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Tiny
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Are you talking about a stamped steel plate that bolts to steering knuckle?
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Thursday, August 12th, 2010 AT 9:17 AM
Tiny
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It's a U-shaped thin piece of steel (maybe 3 inches
wide and arms 1 inch long) that apparently
snaps in place (?) And straddles the rotor on the
top of the caliper. (There's also one on the
bottom of the caliper, but that one's not causing
me problems.) It looks like the ends of the pads
sort of mate into the bends on both arms of
the U of this "support plate".

If you have the factory manual, it's on page
2509 or section 32-28 in the exploded diagram
labeled "Front Brake Components" as
"Front Disc Pad Support Plate (No.1)".
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Thursday, August 12th, 2010 AT 10:21 AM
Tiny
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Ok, I see it on Mitchell.

It is a Stainless steel part that the pads slide on, get a new one, they are in a front brake hardware kit, they snap into place and allow pads to slide in/out.

If bent, it will cause pads to slide unevenly.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/108325_disc_pad_support_1.jpg

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Friday, August 13th, 2010 AT 8:39 AM
Tiny
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There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with
"support plate" other than that it won't stay in place.
If I got a new one, I'm not sure it would stay in
place any better. I guess I'm wondering what's
supposed to keep it from moving, given that I
can push it with my fingers which are much weaker
than the brake caliper forces. (Granted the pads
should be sliding inside the arms of the plate,
not pushing on it, but if even a fraction of the
force acted upon the plate, it seems to move.)
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Friday, August 13th, 2010 AT 10:23 AM
Tiny
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There should be small tabs that hold it inplace.
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Saturday, August 14th, 2010 AT 8:12 AM

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