AO Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Re: Changing rear and front brakes decribed
Did my rear pads today (3 weeks after the fronts at 42,000 miles).
I didn't buy the caliper wind off tool but it went very easily...
1) I did slacken off the handbrake cable with the a 13mm spanner under the lever (but don't go to far as you waist time retrieving the nut).
2) This gave enough slack to slip the cable end out of caliper lever by just easing the pressure with a larger screw driver.
3) The sliding bolt fixings don't look obvious until you realise that the nuts are just squeezing the 'ears' of the caliper.
4) Once the unit is unclamped it can be levered out and will rest on the remaining collar.
5) I used a g-clamp and a pair of pipe pliers. Tighten the g-clamp and use the pliers to turn the piston clock wise. Movement is about an eighth of a turn followed by re-tensioning the g-clamp. I was suprised how little I had to turn (about 10 of the above actions)
6) Remembered to get a syringe from Boots (32p) and took out the excess fluid at this point.
7) Copper slipped the pads and slipped the caliper back over them.
8) You have to push against the pad springs to get the sliding bolts back in.
9) repeat on the other side and then retension the handbrake
All done in under 1 hour!