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Old 06-12-2009, 06:50 AM   #1
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Pad Damper

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Does anyone know what the Pad Damper do exactly. I damaged my front passenger side while replacing my pads. They still slide freely but i kinda broke one of the tabs. Do i need to replace these?

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Old 06-12-2009, 07:48 AM   #2
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They reduce vibration and brake squeal. I am currently running without dampeners. So far so good.
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Old 06-13-2009, 04:29 PM   #3
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Mine had them too (bought at 27K mi), but the non-S cars don't have them from the factory, only the S. They certainly don't hurt to have,. but install the new pads without the dampers. If you have a squeal problem, perhaps due to the pads you bought, then reinstall the dampers. I did mine using stock Porsche pads and its quiet.

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I was experiencing a random clunk or pop sensation from the front passenger wheel, most often when moving the car after having been parked for a while [overnight or a few days not relevant].

I took it in and watched the [reputable independent] mechanic perform several investigations and tests around the suspension, sway bar, rotor, caliper, and wheel. He said I don't have brake dampeners [had he been the one that changed the pads there would be some]. What I am experiencing is the pad breaking loose from its seating on the rotor. Or words to that effect.

I have the 2004 2.7
The front pads have a few thousand miles on them

I read that my model year doesn't have dampeners.

What would cause my front brake pad to 'stick' to the rotor? Do I need to investigate further or tend to something?
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Does this happen when you try to move the car after parking it overnight? Like something frozen and it "pops" when you try to move it?
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Porsche dampers will fit on these and are your option. Dampers are std on the S but they have somewhat different calipers. You would need them most if you had a noisy pad material such as metallic.

What you are experiencing is probably due to pad material, dampness, and is likely nothing to worry about. I get it on rare occasion too.

Maybe get dampers the next time brakes are apart to give peace of mind.

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I was experiencing a random clunk or pop sensation from the front passenger wheel, most often when moving the car after having been parked for a while [overnight or a few days not relevant].

I took it in and watched the [reputable independent] mechanic perform several investigations and tests around the suspension, sway bar, rotor, caliper, and wheel. He said I don't have brake dampeners [had he been the one that changed the pads there would be some]. What I am experiencing is the pad breaking loose from its seating on the rotor. Or words to that effect.

I have the 2004 2.7
The front pads have a few thousand miles on them

I read that my model year doesn't have dampeners.

What would cause my front brake pad to 'stick' to the rotor? Do I need to investigate further or tend to something?

Did you have to rotors turned when you swapped pads? Technically, you should and that could be the issue - dissimilar pad materials.

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Does this happen when you try to move the car after parking it overnight? Like something frozen and it "pops" when you try to move it?

Exactly. Drive and brake a little bit and it goes away. Do I need to have the rotors turned? Just ignore it? What's a dampener?
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Certain types of brake pads will shift a little without pad dampers, especially when moving slowly or going from forward to reverse or vice versa. This is not a safety issue, just a curious "click" sound as they shift back and forth at low speed. I ran a set of Mintex pads on fresh rotors and the click was very noticeable. Installing pad dampers will prevent this shift back and forth but add one more step in the pad changing process. A good choice for the quietest brakes.

I have recently gone with a set of Pagid pads and there seems to be less pad shift noise. I do not use dampers.

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