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Old 14-Oct-2005, 12:36 PM
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removing brakes

can somebody help me out? i wanna remove the brake pads, calipers and discs, but it seems a bit complicated to remove the pads. can somebody help with a tutorial about it?
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Old 14-Oct-2005, 07:44 PM
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Reading about it is one thing, but actually doing it is another. Everything always looks easy on paper. If you've never done this i dont recommend you do this, just for the fact if you dont put them back together the right way, or you miss a step. you can seriously hurt your self or some-one else due to brake failure. Get some-one to show you how to do it a couple of times thats already done it and take it from there. You dont want to start messing around with something that has such a big impact on stopping the car when your driving.
Just my 2 cents on this.
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Old 14-Oct-2005, 08:05 PM
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I think you could do it, just make sure you test your car before street driving it make sure. The job is not that hard, your dealing with less then 10 bolts per wheel. The key is remember how the pieces go back together.
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yo it's really easy, just get a haynes, helms whatever manual... brett's right to change your pads you're talking about 5 bolts, if you're doing rotors too it's 7 bolts and 2 screws per side... very easy, if you're not sure of yourself only do one side at a time and leave the other fully assembled so you can see what the complete assembly looks like, but honestly there's not that many parts to **** up on, just make sure you put it on in the reverse order of how you took them off and you'll be fine..

the pads are the easiest part of the whole thing...
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i agree its super easy. Make sure to inspect the caliper before putting the new pads in. And lube up (with teflon lube) the caliper sliding pins. The toughest part for me is lining the caliper back up with the bracket and getting the 17mm bolt threaded.
Good for you for doing it your self.
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thx for the response guys, it's actually my first time i'm gonna change brakes, but everybody that wants to work on cars has to learn it, so, that's why i asked it, to be sure. Gonna call a buddy of me that knows how to work on cars, and ask him to show it to me.
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Make sure you pump the brake pedal to make sure you get a hard pedal before you start the car..!
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pads, 10mm wrench and remove lower caliper bolt. the caliper will now lift up (if stuck use flat head screw driver) and you'll slide it towards the engine (do not let it dangle by the lines)

to change the pads, here is what you'll need:
10mm wrench
17mm socket/ratchet
flathead screw driver
can of anti-seize compound
tube of lube for caliper sliders
can of brake cleaner (to clean the surface of the new rotors)
rags

if changing the rotors too, i believe you'll need to loosen the two screws that hold them on (where the hub part of the rotor is), its such a pain to loosen these and remove the bracket that has (2) 17mm bolts (also a pain)

some WD-40 would help if you let it soak some of the bolts
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yeah,, but then again another problem, the brakes are on while the handbrake is off :S, so, try to get the caliper of the disc, no worky
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The hand brake only apllies the rear brakes, not the front.
If you got the caliper bolts loose, pry up on the caliper. It should come off of the disc.
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