[Healeys] Front Brake Pads and Rotors

R. Lindsay 050.rpl at gmail.com
Thu Jan 16 14:23:30 MST 2020

I recently changed and repacked my front bearings and installed new pads. I used Bosch brake pads which I think must be slightly thicker. When I test drove the car I could tell that the pads were very slightly engaged. I presume this will go away with time but wonder if I’m causing damage.

The bigger issue is that when I drive straight away there seems to be a slight metallic rubbing sound.  When I put the car on jack stands and turn the wheels by hand, there is a slight rubbing if I move the tires as if the car is moving forward but find it extremely hard to turn the tires by hand in the direction they would turn if backing up. 

Also, when I make a turn, the slight sound becomes very pronounced and “rattle like.”  I think something may be rubbing against the dust covers. When I spun the tires before putting the wheels on I could hear the same sound. Could the disk be warped and or the dust cover bent?  I eyed the disc and it doesn’t seem to wobble but then the brake shoes may be keeping it in line. Can the dust cover be straightened (or bent away from the rotor) or do I need to buy new parts?

If the suggestion is to replace the rotors, should I go for the $200 drilled/slotted rotors or spend $58 for the standard version?  (I do not drive the car hard or race it.)

Thank you for any help you can provide!

Price Lindsay
67 BJ8

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