I just got some Hawk HPS brake pads for my Wilwood calipers. I tried to install them right away, but only managed to install one new pad on each side. Both pads wouldn't fit cause they were too thick, so I'm waiting for them to wear down more to install the last two.
But anyways my brakes are really tight on the rotors right now even when I'm not on the brake pedal (The car wouldn't move unless accelerate on the gas pedal). Is there anything I can do to fix that?
open the brake reservoir cap, use the old brake pads to put on pistons and use c-clamp to compress them in. it usually take a while, but it works. there's also another thing also, idk if the wilwoods are designed this way. if you look at the pistons, is there an "X" or + cut across them? if yes ur gonna need that piston tool to turn those pistons back in.
Just got replies from both Hawk and Wilwood. Both confirmed that the pads are direct replacements. And I was told that the thickness issue is common. However the tightness issue along with the heat issue is going away.
take the pads back out and use some sandpaper and send them down till they arent soo snug and will fit in right. that or go to a wide open parking light and get goin about 15 mph or so and slam on the brakes a few times to seat them and c if that makes it any better
Sorry, but I am reviving this thread from over a year ago! I was installing wilwood replacement pads today on my front BBK. The outter pads fit tight but went in OK, the inner pads however are definetly too thick for the space i'm given. I had the pistons fully compressed and its still too thick by a 1-2mm (i'm guessing). Is there a solution to this problem?
I am currently driving around with just the outter front pads replaced. Inner front pads are in dire need of replacement soon