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while I agree with your premise I have to add 2 things.I'm going to say pads are in wrong...When you pulled the pads off to check them did you pull off both sides at the same time or just one side at a time ???
One pad per side has a slight bevel to it. You can get away with installing both bevels on one caliper but you CANNOT get away with installing two straight cut pads on one caliper as that is the side that will lock up, especially when the pads heat up...one beveled pad per side has to go into each caliper in a way that matches the calipers beveled side...(hope I didn't lose you there on that last sentence...LOL !!!)
Take a look closely at the curved edge of the pads' backing plate and you will notice what I'm talking about.
EDIT: ADDED THIS PIC...notice the left side of each pad, the pad on the left has the bevel and it's very slight...
Hope this helps you...
the inner pad is still also the pad that had the wear indicator tab on it - unless pads for a new bmw or audi with the brake wear sensor wire.
Any pads you buy today should have 4 pads in the box that have slight double bevels on them (either side). if they do not put them back in the box and get you a new set.
I haven't seen a squared off pad in a box for a car since the mid 90's
indeed on the fronts not so sure on the backsI didnt know about the bevel, but there are an inner and outer pad on each side. I have the pad with the wear tab on the inside of the rotor (this is the way I was taught, and the way the pads were already). I tried swapping them to the outside of the rotor just for ****s and giggles, but they wouldnt fit due to the wear tab hitting the mount bracket. Also, with the way the rivits are put on the back of the pads, (different for inner and outer) they will only fit in the caliper one way. You would never get the caliper on if they were backwards.
EDIT= I like the Autozone Cmax pads. I just hate the price. Are there any other aftermarket brake companies that use that design. I usually orderr on Rockauto, but if a customer ( I do TONS of side work at the house) shows up last minute and I dont have time to order, I'll run to vatozone and get the Cmax. I prefer them over the Wagner that Napa sells.
when you pulled them did you happen to see holes or cracks in the pad material?
meanwhile - on new pads - I don't buy **** from autozone if I can help it.
failing that - I like the wagner thermo-quite pads (ceramic) from Oriely - usually cheap. or in once car on a dodge caravan I've used their store brand knockoff version of the same.
ALSO check rock auto for their stuff - again I recommend anything labeled ceramic.
and check maryland speed as I think they are running a promotion.