97 maxima front disc brake question


Old 04-25-09, 09:54 AM
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97 maxima front disc brake question

I am replacing my front disc pads on my 1997 Nissan Maxima.

My question is: where does the wear sensor go? top bottom inside or out?

also, I am repacing pads with a ceramic type. do I need to re-use the little shim plates that were on the original pads?

the new pads have a raised portion on the back that makes them a little thicker.

thanks for any help!

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Old 04-25-09, 01:41 PM
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Have it face the outside.

Don't reuse the shims. The new pads have them built on. Remember to lube up your piston slide pins.

Old 04-27-09, 02:10 PM
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thanks for the picture and info. !
Old 04-27-09, 05:26 PM
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Depending on the car, Or even "Model to Model" or Year to year, that can change......

Real simple, Take a sharpie marker, or A "Thumb smudge" , and draw a straight line on the rotor, from hub to outer edge. Now turn the rotor in direction of normal rotation. Your line Must hit the sensor before the pad material. Most MFR's of pads , do their own thing when it comes to where they put the sensors, But as long as you follow your LINE , It wont matter inside or out, top or bottom.

I personally am just a pick when it comes to shims. I insist on using everything that the MFR supplied me with, so that cute little "BAGGIE" that came in the box with your brakes should be empty when you are done.

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