Was it suppose to be this difficult and tight to get on or are they suppose to go on nice and loose? Any tips would be great as I fear my caliper might be bent or something. Cheers.
RDS_321, after referring you to an Internet reference, and giving you sage advice, I ALMOST HAD TO EAT MY WORDS!
Changing rear pads on my '07, I encountered your installation difficulties myself.
Had to struggle to get the caliper to, as a dentist sometimes says, "OPEN WIDE," removing the outboard pad, and in installing the new outboard pad.
Then, when trying to install the new inboard pad . . . DID THEY SELL ME THE WRONG PARTS??????????
No, they didn't, but . . . didn't look like two material objects (outer and inner pad) were going to occupy the same space at the same time; too little clearance.
The problem, I think, was . . . not retracting the caliper piston sufficiently, in this latter case. I REMOVED the master cylinder cover (to allow for some space from fluid transfer from slave to master), and pushed as hard as I could with my fingers on the piston, but no significant progress.
Finally, I re-installed the worn used inner pad, got a great big ol' flat-blade screwdriver in between the pads and levered some distance in. Then I dumped the old inner pad, dropped in the new one, and with Mr. Screwdriver's help, made a sandwich of the rear rotor.
Next time: Engage Mr. Great Big C-Clamp to compress that piston. I suspected poor fitment of the pad base, but . . . that was not the problem at all; I had the right parts, correctly manufactured. Besides my own ineptitude, don't think any other problems exist.
Regardless, now looking forward to smooth, sure stops, with new Galfer Greens, fore and aft!