Rear Brake Pad Dimple Thingy

Rear Brake Pad Dimple Thingy

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Martin350

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3,359 posts

152 months

Thursday 2nd March 2017
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Does anyone here know what the small round 'dimple' thing on the back of some rear brake pads is actually for?
It locates into the caliper piston, of course, but why?

In this photo, the top pads are after market without the 'dimple' and the pads at the bottom are o.e. with the 'dimple'.



I'm guessing it can't be too important that it isn't there but I'm curious now as to what the dimple does.







Edited by Martin350 on Thursday 2nd March 15:53

stevieturbo

14,934 posts

204 months

Thursday 2nd March 2017
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Usually locates into the piston on a caliper with a wind back piston for the handbrake.

Martin350

Original Poster:

3,359 posts

152 months

Thursday 2nd March 2017
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Yes, but why?

finlo

1,998 posts

160 months

Thursday 2nd March 2017
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Because without it the piston would just rotate and not extend as the pad wears down.

stevieturbo

14,934 posts

204 months

Thursday 2nd March 2017
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Martin350 said:
Yes, but why?
To prevent the piston rotating and perhaps affecting handbrake or indeed hydraulic brake operation because of it.

227bhp

10,203 posts

85 months

Thursday 2nd March 2017
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Dimples are inverted or concave.

S0 What

3,350 posts

129 months

Thursday 2nd March 2017
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As said it prevents the piston from rotating and backing off the handbrake mech, see the pic below, the piston "might" turn and screw itself back down the thread of the parking brake thrust screw, result is usually a slightly long pedal that comes up if you quickly lift off and re apply the brakes/steering wandering under heavy braking/high handbrake lever/crapper than usuall handbrake effort, pretty much the same as a drum with poorly adjusted shoes.


Dave Brand

854 posts

225 months

Saturday 4th March 2017
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Martin350 said:
I'm guessing it can't be too important that it isn't there but I'm curious now as to what the dimple does.
No, what it means is that the aftermarket manufacturer has missed a feature which the OE manufacturer considered necessary.

By the way, the correct term is spigot!

Mr2Mike

20,143 posts

212 months

Saturday 4th March 2017
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Dave Brand said:
No, what it means is that the aftermarket manufacturer has missed a feature which the OE manufacturer considered necessary.
yes This is most definitely an important feature for pads fitted to handbrake calipers. The entire design of the caliper depends on the piston not rotating during normal use, so those pads should be going straight back to whoever sold them to the OP.

Martin350

Original Poster:

3,359 posts

152 months

Sunday 5th March 2017
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Dave Brand said:
No, what it means is that the aftermarket manufacturer has missed a feature which the OE manufacturer considered necessary.

By the way, the correct term is spigot!
Ah, I did wonder what the correct term for it was, thanks!


Martin350

Original Poster:

3,359 posts

152 months

Sunday 5th March 2017
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And thanks to all who have replied.

They aren't my pads but a friend of mine's and he asked me what I thought.
I had my suspicions and they seem to be confirmed.

Thanks!