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Unread 12-28-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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No wear tabs on front brake pads? (1977 CJ front disk brakes)

This is regarding the "wear tab" - the brake pad wear indicator that will touch the rotor and cause a brake squeal when the pads run low.

I recently replaced my front brakes and found that there were no wear tabs on the old brake pads. I do not know what brand the pads were; the metal was painted red if that is a clue.

The new brake pads also do not have wear tabs. The new pads are NAPA brand.

I would like to know if there should be wear tabs present, or if you just have to get in the habit of removing the wheels and checking the pads every now and then.

Now I must tell my story...
The lack of a wear tab resulted in me having to replace the pads, rotors, and a caliper. I had no idea that the pads were low until I attempted to stop and had no brakes one day. Luckily I was very close to home and the intersection was not busy. After getting the Jeep home, I easily determined that fluid was coming from a brake caliper. Removal of the wheel revealed that the brake pad had worn through the pad and rivets and only the metal backing was left. The rotor was ruined. The caliper was also ruined; the piston had extended so far that it came out, hence the fluid leak...

...I certainly do not want this to anyone else. I think most people would expect to hear a squeal when the pads need to be replaced.

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Unread 12-28-2012, 11:35 AM   #2
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There are LOTS of models of older vehicles that never had those noise makers. CJ's are one of them.

Yours should have been making a helluva lot of noise if they were that worn. Metal on metal would be louder than any noise tab.
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Unread 12-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #3
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I agree with CSP.
Beat it to fit, paint it to match!

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Unread 12-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #4
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Yeah, x3. That grinding sensation you were feeling through the brake pedal up your leg was your noise tab.

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