Yes, and added new pins as well. That wasn't the cause though. On these Cobra brakes it's quite common that these clips either become weak or break causing the caliper to move inside the bracket and bang around. Since it's not tight and snug it causes more wear on the inner pads as that is where the 2 pistons are. Now that I replaced all the clips (while buying 2 extra boxes just in case) I won't have to live with that noise and my brake wear is normal. The replacement pins I got seemed to be of better quality too, thicker. Now when I hit the brakes I feel like I'm going to be flung through the windshield! Always a great feeling IMO.
As to the alignment. To go straight my wheel has to be turned to about 2 o'clock which gets annoying and even messes with my turn signal. When I took it in to be professionally aligned I had 3 shops tell me they can't. The guys at Midas took me into the garage area saying oh you need this and this, this needs to be replaced, blah blah. All that it needed was the tie rods to come off and be adjusted and now I drive straight. When I replace my ball joints and that bent control arm along with getting new struts front and rear I'll take it to be professionally aligned. For now, just driving straight is all I wanted.
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