I was checking the driver's side rear brakes on my Dart last night because they seemed to be squealing when taking off at low speeds (only at that wheel). I have a few questions.
1) Just how tight are the pads supposed to be in their anti-rattle clips? I've never replaced brakes with this type of clip, but on mine, they literally needed to be pried and hammered out of the clips. Those springs that presumably are supposed to push them out from the rotor can't possible generate enough force to do anything of the sort. I put a bit of grease in the clips, but it didn't make them any less tight on reinstallation.
2) The metal backing plate of the inner pad is literally delaminating from the back of the pad and crumbling into rust. It made it challenging to get the caliper to slide back over it. Is this a problem?
3) After reinstalling the caliper, for which I has screwed the piston back in somewhat, I pulled the e-brake so I could more easily put the wheel back on (aligning the wheel to put the studs in is impossible if the hub can move). When I pulled up on the lever, it made a loud bang and pulled up a few extra inches. When I released it and pulled it back up, it was fine. I assume this was from pushing the piston back in (which I'd forgotten about) and is normal, but it sounded bad.
As for any other findings, the e-brake seems to be working fine on both rear calipers (I know @Exitus04
has had problems with his), though the spring is extremely rusty on the driver's side (the passenger side spring is pristine somehow). With everything re-assembled and the e-brake released, there is some noticeable drag from the brake. However, when I jacked it up I had already engaged the e-brake, so I'm guessing that actually driving the car loosens it up, as there is no sign that the brakes are dragging (grinding, excessive heat, uneven braking). I'm just feeling paranoid about it for some reason.