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Long lasting brake pads

If your brakes tend to wear out prematurely or wear unevenly there is a simple solution. All brake calipers are mounted to a brake caliper bracket. Most folks will replace the brake pads and the rotors and assume thats the whole process. Yes this will get you back on the road but for how long ? There are two pins on each brake caliper bracket that glide in and out when you apply the brakes. If these pins are rusty or dry the brakes will not float evenly. If they rust in place then you have a serious problem and have to heat and tug them out to clean them. Always remove these pins and clean and lubricate them with brake service grease every time you service your brakes. If you take them to a mechanic to be serviced, tell them before they start to be sure to clean and lubricate the caliper pins. This simple tip will save you hundreds of dollars and hours of your time. Thank you for finding your solutions at Fixya.com. Come see us for all your difficult problems.

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how to change brake pad and check rotors


Brake Pads Removal & Installation Front for_car_toy_cam_02-04_sst_frt_dsc_asm.gif

To Remove:
  1. Drain brake fluid to ½ full level in reservoir.
  2. Remove the front wheels. toy_car_cam_frontbrakepads.gif

  3. Remove the front brake caliper assembly.
  4. Remove the 2 anti-squeal shims from each of the 2 brake pads.
  5. Remove the wear indicator from each of the 2 brake pads.
To Install:
NOTE: When replacing worn pads, the anti-squeal shims must be replaced together with the pads.
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  1. Using a large C clamp or equivalent press piston into the caliper.
  2. Apply disc brake grease to the inside of each anti-squeal shim.
  3. Install the anti-squeal shims on each pad.
  4. Install the pad wear indicator clip to the pads.
  5. Install the pads with the pad wear indicator plate facing upward.
  6. Install the brake caliper with the 2 mounting bolts. Torque the bolts 25 ft-lb (34 Nm).
  7. Install the front wheels.
  8. Fill the master cylinder with new clean brake fluid.
  9. Pump the brake pedal several times to seat the brake pads.
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TMMK made rear brake components toy_car_cam_tmmkrearbrakes.gif

To Remove:
  1. Drain the brake fluid to ½ full level in reservoir.
  2. Remove the rear wheels.
  3. Remove the caliper slide pins.
  4. Remove the caliper slide pin bushings (TMMK made) (Kentucky).
  5. Remove the rear brake calipers.
  6. Remove the 2 brake pads with the anti-squeal shims.
  7. Remove the anti-squeal shims and pad wear indicators from brake pads.
To Install:
  1. Using a large C clamp or equivalent press the piston into the caliper.
  2. Coat both sides of the outer anti-squeal shim with pad grease.
  3. Install anti-squeal shims to each pad.
  4. Install wear indicators on the 2 brake pads.
  5. Install the caliper slide pin bushings (TMMK made) (Kentucky).
  6. Install the rear brake caliper with the slide pins. Torque the slide pins as follows:
    • TMC made (Japan): Torque the caliper slide pin 25 ft-lb (34.3 Nm)
    • TMMK made (Kentucky): Torque the caliper slide pin 34 ft-lb (47 Nm)
  7. Fill the master cylinder with new clean brake fluid.
  8. Pump the brake pedal several times to seat the brake pads.
  9. Install the rear wheels.
prev.gif next.gif Brake Rotor Removal & Installation Front To Remove:
  1. Remove the front wheels.
  2. Remove the front brake caliper assembly.
  3. Remove the front brake pads.
  4. Remove the 2 bolts and caliper mounting bracket.
  5. Place match marks on the disc and axle hub.
  6. Remove the front wheel disc.
To Install:
  1. Align the match marks and install the front disc.
  2. Install the brake caliper mounting bracket. Torque the bolts 79 ft-lb (107 Nm).
  3. Install the brake caliper. Torque the bolts 25 ft-lb (34 Nm).
  4. Install new gaskets and connect the brake hose to the caliper with the banjo fitting bolt. Torque the fitting bolt 22 ft-lb (29.4 Nm).
  5. Fill the reservoir with brake fluid.
  6. Bleed the brake system.
  7. Install the front wheel.
Rear To Remove:
  1. Remove the rear wheels.
  2. Remove the brake caliper assembly.
  3. Remove the brake pads.
  4. Remove the 2 bolts and the caliper mounting bracket.
  5. Place match marks on the disc and axle hub.
  6. Remove the rear disc.
To Install:
  1. Align the match marks and install the rear disc.
  2. Install the rear brake caliper mounting bracket. Torque the bracket bolts as follows:
    • TMC made (Japan): Torque the bracket bolt 46 ft-lb (61.8 Nm)
    • TMMK made (Kentucky): Torque the bracket bolt 34 ft-lb (47 Nm)
  3. Install the rear brake caliper with the slide pins. Torque the slide pins as follows:
    • TMC made (Japan): Torque the caliper slide pin 25 ft-lb (34.3 Nm)
    • TMMK made (Kentucky): Torque the caliper slide pin 32 ft-lb (43 Nm)
  4. Install new gaskets and connect the brake hose to the caliper with the banjo fitting bolt. Torque the fitting bolt 22 ft-lb (29.4 Nm).
  5. Fill the reservoir with brake fluid.
  6. Bleed the brake system.
  7. Install the rear wheel
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Jan 25, 2011 | 2007 Toyota Camry

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how do u remove the front brake rotors


The brake rotors on a Toyota Matrix are an extremely important aspect of the brake system. Over time, the rotors, which are the round disc that the caliper and brake pads clamp when the brakes are applied, can get scored, warped or simply wear too thin from use. Rotors should be regularly inspected for wear and replaced if necessary to ensure that your Matrix's brakes function properly and safely. Replacing rotors is a simple job that can be done in a few hours
  • Loosen the lug nuts that fasten the wheels on. Raise the Matrix with a jack and support it securely with jack stands. Remove the wheels.
  • 2 Clean the brake caliper, rotor and nearby areas with brake cleaner and a clean rag. Make sure there is no dirt, oil or contaminants on the brake components.
  • 3 Remove the bolts that hold the caliper to the caliper mounting bracket. There will be two bolts that can be removed with a socket and ratchet or an open-ended wrench.
  • 4 Slide the caliper off of the rotor. Support the caliper with a piece of wire or string so that the weight of it is not on the brake line, which could be damaged from the weight of the caliper.
  • 5 Remove the caliper mounting bracket by removing the two bolts with a ratchet or an open-ended wrench. Set the bracket aside.
  • 6 Pull the rotor straight off of the hub. On the Matrix, the rotors are not bolted on with anything, once the wheel and the caliper are out of the way. However, the rotor may be frozen onto the hub from years of dirt and rust. Use a rubber mallet to tap the rotor off.
  • 7 Replacement is the reverse of removal.




  • Dec 11, 2010 | 2004 Toyota Matrix

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    Silverado 1500 Z71 off road, 5.3L. Details on fr


    This is for the front: Removal & Installation
    1. Remove 2/3 of the brake fluid from the master cylinder.
    2. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Wheel
      • Caliper. Suspend the caliper from the frame with mechanic's wire. Do not allow the caliper to hang from the brake hose.
      • Caliper mounting bracket bolts
      • Caliper mounting bracket from the steering knuckle assembly
      • Brake pads from the caliper mounting bracket
      • Clips from the inside ends of the caliper mounting bracket and discard
    To install:
    1. Install or connect the following:
      • Clips to the inside ends of the caliper mounting bracket
      • Brake pads to the caliper mounting bracket
      • Inner pad (1 wear indicator)
      • Outer pad (2 wear indicators)
      • Caliper mounting bracket to the steering knuckle assembly
    2. Perform the following procedure before installing the caliper mounting bracket bolts:
      • Remove all traces of the original adhesive patch.
      • Clean the threads of the bolt with brake parts cleaner or the equivalent and allow to dry.
      • Apply red Loctite®272 to the threads of the bolt.
    3. Install or connect the following:
      • Caliper mounting bracket bolts to the steering knuckle. Tighten the caliper guide pin bolts to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm) on 15 series or 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm) on 25/35 series.
      • Caliper
      • Tire and wheel assembly
    4. Refill the master cylinder to the proper level with fresh brake fluid. Pump the brake pedal slowly and firmly in order to seat the brake pads. Burnish the brakes as needed.

    Oct 12, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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    help with changing fron brakes on a 2006 dodge ram truck


    After you have removed the caliper from the caliper mounting bracket, remove the pads and guides.  Make sure you have fully depressed the caliper's piston fully then you can start by putting the little guides back in then reloading the new pads back in the caliper.  Be sure to use some caliper grease on the caliper mounting bolts (the bolts that hold the caliper in place).  If you don't use grease on these mounting bolts, your caliper won't slide right and you can have uneven wear on your pads.  This could easily cause overheating.  Once you place the caliper back in the mounting bracket and tighten the caliper mounting bolts back down tight you are all done.  Put your wheel back on and tighten the lug nuts and you're done!
    MAKE SURE WHEN YOU FIRST START THE TRUCK FOR A TEST DRIVE AFTER INSTALLING THE BRAKES, YOU NEED TO PUMP THE BRAKES BACK UP!!!!  IF YOU DON'T YOU WILL START DRIVING AND HAVE NO BRAKES!!!  PUMP YOUR BRAKES ABOUT 10-15 TIMES FULLY OR UNTIL THE BRAKE PETAL SEEMS FIRM.  ALLOW THE BRAKE PETAL TO COME ALL THE WAY BACK UP BEFORE PUMPING THEM AGAIN.

    Feb 02, 2009 | 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Truck

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    97 mustang gt running threw rear brake pads


    how many miles are u getting on a set of brake pads before they wear out? Have u flushed out the lines? Contaminated brake fluid can ruin the calipers, causing internal corrosion which in turn causes the caliper to drag and burn out the pads prematurely. The strange thing w/ this theory, is the fact that it's just one wheel. I would try bleeding all the lines though, to make sure u have bled all old fluid, and replaced it w/ new. Has the mustang ever been in an accident? Just wondering if caliper mounting bracket is tweeked, or some other component that the brake system is mounted to. Let me know if this is any help, and if not, if u have any more clues that might help figure this out. Good Luck

    Nov 07, 2008 | 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD

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