inner and outer brake pad?

i recently changed the front brake pads on a 2000 gmc sierra 1500 2wd 5.3 v8. i put the duralast gold cmax brake pads. and i didnt notice which was inner and outer. so i just put them on just like that. Is that dangerous? i took it for a ride from L.A to Oxnard, california and they seem to work fine. No noise or rattle. Please help me out!


because 2 pads have 2 metal wear detection and the other pads have 1

7 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    I see what you mean about there being 6 "squealers" altogether, as best I can tell from the (not very) close-up on the website. I hadn't run into this before, but here's my theory.

    Usually, there's just one for each side, and those pads go on the outside of the caliper, because the outter pad is more likely to wear out first, if the sliders aren't properly lubricated and hang up. If instead, the piston seizes up, inner and outter both tend to wear out quickly but evenly.

    So I'd go with the single squealer pads installed as normal, on the outside, with the squealer pointing in the direction of rotor rotation. I'm thinking the double squealer pads would go on the inboard of the caliper, as they would be more capable of tipping, and having the squealers on both sides would be prudent to detect that.

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  • 5 years ago

    I have a 2004 Chev Silverado 4WD. The break pad with the single squealer will only fit the inner rotor. The break pad with two squealers had to be installed to the outer side of the rotor.

    When I tried to install the break pad with the two squealers to the inner side of the rotor, the break pad would hang up on the caliper.

    These break pads fit many vehicles and you may not have the same outcome as I did.

  • 8 years ago

    One pad with the metal wear clicker goes on the driver side brake and the other pad with the metal clicker on it goes on the passenger side brake. If you didn't change all four pads at the same time then the older pads in there will wear out long before your new pads do and you'll have to do the work again. Better to replace all four at once.

  • 8 years ago

    Your fine they will only go together one way

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  • JJ
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    They should both be the same.

  • 8 years ago

    They only fit one way.

  • Rob
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    go back and replace the full set or u will blow lots more money shortly.

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