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Clunking when braking

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    [Jan 7, 2014]
    I had my front pads changed in August, when I footbrake there is a clunking coming from the front brakes, like a mettalic clunk.
    Any one else had this problem? What could it be?
    I'm going to strip the front brakes down this weekend and rebuild them see if that makes a difference.
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    Interesting, i started to get this in the wet only recently though, after the brake update on the RS3, after being sat at a junction or lights every now & again I'd hear a clunk/noise as I moved off, stripped the brakes at the weekend but couldn't find anything unusual on inspection.
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    I get it in the wet and dry weather. I had a quick visual check and couldn't find nothing. It is when i'm stopping at the lights or braking in normal driving.
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    I get this too, generally only at lower speeds but I'm not sure if it's only because I just can't hear it at higher speeds. I popped the wheels off and had a quick look, when I rotate the disc back and forth the clunk seems to come from the inner CV or gearbox area and not from the brakes.
    Hopefully you guys can have a quick look at yours and report back.
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    hi all are you aware that a lot of brake pads are directional . original pads. pagid pads and a host of others have direction arrows stamped into the retaining spring you need to ensure these are pointing in the right direction or you get a clunk when the brakes are applied
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    [Jan 9, 2014]
    I've currently the same issue after changing shocks/perch plates/discs and pads
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    [Jan 9, 2014]
    Just bought new pad retaining clips so going to fit them see if it helps
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    The brake pad carriers can get worn or some pads are slightly smaller which causes a clunking sound which is more noticeable at lower speeds. I have noticed this on motorbikes I have worked on in the past as the sound is more noticeable as you are sat above the calipers.
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    [Jan 10, 2014]
    check out reply no5 before you start worrying about anything else been there done it but its up to you
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    [Jan 15, 2014]
    Fitted new brake pad retaining clips, improved clunking sound greatly
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