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Old 10-22-2011, 09:37 AM
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brakes need heat shields?

I've got an annoying newbie problem and would like your advice. The question is do I need heat shields/shims on the disc brake pads? I am rebuilding a 63 22Sb (11.012) with my son and was bleeding the brakes when the bleeder valve broke off. So I sent it off to the machine shop. They couldn't fix it so I had to get a rebuilt caliper. I foolishly sent in the old caliper with the nearly new pads still attached. The shop returned the old caliper without the pads or heat shields. I had to get new pads but the pads came without heat shields. Reading the manual is looks like the first version of the girling brake does not have heat shields but versions 2 and 3 do use the heat shield. The caliper looks like a type one brake. Can I put the brake pads on without heat shields or should I wait another two weeks (been six weeks off the road so far) and try to get new heat shields?
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Old 10-22-2011, 10:09 AM
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They might chatter without the sheilds.
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Old 10-22-2011, 05:33 PM
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Put a dab of silicone on the back before installing the discs. I have run them both ways without issue.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:24 PM
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Are you talking about the shims or the heat shields? They are two different things. The shims are to minimize squeeling and the heat shields are to protect the rubber caliper piston boot.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:23 AM
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Thanks for the replies. The manual calls them heat shields but they look like shims, a piece of flat stainless steel between the piston and the back of the brake pad.
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