I am trying to change the front brake pads and rotors in my 95 Legacy with Duralast pads and rotors from Autozone.
I got the caliper off just fine, replaced the rotor and compressed the caliper piston all the way. I placed the new pads in the pad holder and tried to swing the caliper closed... However, the caliper won't close all the way. The piston and the two "teeth" that clamp the pads do actually close around the new pads. I just can't get it to close that last centimeter needed to close the caliper all the way. The lips around the bolt holes are touching and no amount of force will get the caliper closed. It seems as though the pads are like 2mm too thick.
Oh, and I tried replacing the old rotor and the same thing happens, so I know it's not the rotors.
This also happens on both sides of the car.
I have images but the forum won't let me post them because I'm new.
Had the same issue in the past and sorry for reviving this thread just to share my previous experience. Just wanna help not only you but those folks who will gonna encounter this issue in the present. Any way, guess you haven't solved your issue until now. Why not try giving the bolts a good tug to see if they are not out of the sleeve? You could use a pair of pliers, grab the bolt before the head and pull. However then, make sure you also have clamps to force the caliper back down while installing new pads.