So I changed out my brake pads today (even though they were halfway worn down... damn you Expert Tire!). However, I have a question regarding the hardware on the Ranger's front calipers.
There are metal clips that clip into the tracks that the front pads slide on. There are actually 3 clips... one of the "top" of the pad, and one on each side of the pad. The question I have is with the two on the side. With these in place, I can't put in new brake pads unless I use a grinding wheel to "square up" the tabs on the pads (removing less then 1/32" total). Not having a grinder today, I decided to remove the metal clips, and the pads fit in perfectly.
Now, the question is: what do these little metal clips actually do? I assume it's to keep the pads from wearing out the caliper bracket over time, but with them in there the pads just don't fit (and yes, I'm 150% sure these are the correct pads for this truck).
I don't think I should be modifying my pads to make them fit, but those clips were in there for a reason. Anyone?
*edit* Here's an image of what I was doing for clarification. The red lines are where I "squared" up the tabs to make them fit in the brackets.