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Old 10-02-2000, 11:04 AM   #1
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Question how hard is it to install your own brake pads?

I have never done it before, but from what I hear its pretty easy. Does anyone know any links or something that have directions on how to do this??
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Old 10-02-2000, 11:10 AM   #2
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Very easy. Take off your wheel. Look at the caliper. There are 2 14mm bolts on the back of it. Take out the bottom one (or the top, but then you'll have to pull that metal clip that holds the brake line on the strut). "open" the caliper and pull the old pads. Put the new pads in (don't forget to put the clips, ect back) and "close" the caliper. If the pistons are in the way. slowly push them one by one back. Push one back, "close" it more, push the second one, "close" it completely. Usually, after you reinstall the pads, you loose pedal feel. Simply pump the brake pedal 3-5 times and everything will go back to normal. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-02-2000, 11:21 AM   #3
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You may want to get a "C"-clamp to push the caliper back since the new pads will be thicker which will prevent the caliper from fitting over it properly.

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Old 10-02-2000, 01:15 PM   #4
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damn Alex, ur my hero! First the cable modem now the pads..hahah Thanks again, I am going to give it a try tomorrow.
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Old 10-02-2000, 01:18 PM   #5
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Snoopy, I have installed 3 diff types of pads (stock, mintex and the ones Paul E sells) and I never had any problems pushing the piston back in with my fingers.
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Old 10-02-2000, 01:20 PM   #6
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Kevin, rotor are very easy. You need to remove the calipers, then take off that huge nut (22 or 24mm) on the hug (remove the stopper pin first) pull the rotor off and reassemble everything back.

Open means ... open. Once one of the bolts is removed, you can take the caliper in your hand and pull it up. It will swing open on the remaining top bolt.
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Old 10-02-2000, 01:41 PM   #7
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Alex is right...

even "I" can push the piston's back by hand...

and if "I" can do it... well y'all should be able to handle it... hehehehehe...

after having assistance w/my first brake change, i've managed to help 2 of my friends to theirs... it's not so bad - just follow the instructions you see here in this post... that's about all there is to it!
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Old 10-02-2000, 02:48 PM   #8
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Just wondering, any of you drain your brake fluid after changing pads/rotors? I hear that it's highly recommended as pushing the piston back in might enduce air bubbles in the brake system.

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Old 10-02-2000, 03:06 PM   #9
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I heard something on this forum awhile back about putting some grease or some other type of goop on the back of the pad (the part that goes against the pistons) to prevent squealing. Is there any truth to this?
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Old 10-02-2000, 03:15 PM   #10
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doing my brakes -
used high temp grease - to stop the squeaking and to assist in preventing rust from forming... got it at Schucks.. but you can get it anywhere...
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Old 10-02-2000, 03:28 PM   #11
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Well, I've changed the brakes on Sentras and Mirages and their calipers needed more than hand pressure to push in. Since my car is slightly over a year old, I've yetr to change the brake pads.

Hey....if Subie Gal's ivory soft hands can do it.....I know my rough and calloused hands can(yep, I tap on keyboards all day long)!
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Old 10-03-2000, 12:33 AM   #12
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What about roters? East or hard? Never done anything like this before in my life either. The subie dealer says $345 for a full front job and I say no way...Please PM me becaue it will be a couple of days before I check back here...If I can even find this topic! How much in parts am I talking?
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Oh yeah, what do you mean by "open" and "close"?

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Old 10-03-2000, 11:09 AM   #13
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SubieGal-

How does the grease actually prevent squealing, since it's on the piston side of the pad? And where EXACTLY did you put it? On the clips themselves? I'd love to stop my brakes from squealing...

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Old 10-03-2000, 11:10 AM   #14
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So i need to get some grease? I am going to try and do this in about 15 mins..I hope someone responds. Also, where do I put this grease. Thanks
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Old 10-04-2000, 12:22 AM   #15
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Evening...

Each time I have done pads I have also greased them.

Grease the backs (onto the pistons) and also grease the top and bottom ends, that locate the pad onto the caliper.

Yes you can grease where the springs press onto the pads too.

I'm not sure what grease you have over there.. but over here I use copperslip/neversieze

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Old 10-04-2000, 08:37 AM   #16
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So how exactly would putting grease on the back and sides prevent the brakes from squealing? Just curious...

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Old 10-04-2000, 03:18 PM   #17
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It sounds easy enough but is there a way someone could photo document the whole deal just to make it easier? I learn best by visuals and as easy as this sounds, I dont want to do the wrong things...step by step photo instructions would be great....or if you know where I can find them please PM me!
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and what do I use to take these bolts off? A socket set?

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Old 10-04-2000, 04:11 PM   #18
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Will do.
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Old 10-04-2000, 06:34 PM   #19
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Hey thanks for the help. Changing the front pads (the actual changing of pads) took like 5 mins. Kevinsubaru, its really simple.
Now I had a problem though. (as always). My rear pads dont seem to fit. I was not able to get those pads into the caliper. has anyone had this problem before?? I am not sure if I got the wrong ones, but those pads will NOT go in. Thanks
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Old 10-05-2000, 11:39 AM   #20
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bump.
Also the front pads squeel like pigs I guess I need to get some of that grease.
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Old 10-06-2000, 02:16 PM   #21
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Some pads with high metal content squeal because to the metal to metal contact between pad and rotor.
Some brake squeal is a result of vibrations created by that contact. The grease on the back of the pads helps to provide a damper for those vibrations.
KevinsUBARU did anyone PM you the info on a rotor change as well as this pad info?
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