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    Disc brake pad rattle -- what's the fix?

    My new BB7 brake pads rattle like crazy in the front. There just seems to be a lot of play in them, even though they're seated correctly and work fine. What's the remedy for this?

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    Did you install the little spreader clip?
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    The brakes had the pads installed when I bought them -- educate me on the spreader clip, please.

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    The spreader spring is the small spring in illustration #2 of the link that Nuts posted. If that spring is a bit weak or bent inward the pads can rattle a bit. You can do one of two things, hit the lbs and see if they have a new one, or remove the pads and spring and GENTLY spread the spring out a bit. Then make the "Make the spring sandwich" as noted in the instructions and re-install the pads. That should solve your problem. If spreading the spring doesn't solve the problem you'll need to get a new one. The springs are very lightly heat treated so they are springy, obviously. But occasionally you'll find one that missed heat treat and is to soft. Anyway, when bending the spring do NOT bend the legs, rather bend at the fold at the top of the spring. Just don't get carried away and bend to much.

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    Thank you, Nuts and Squash!

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