I need to replace rear disc on brakes. safety issue.. and shops are busy changing tires for winter.. good all off but can't get the disc off.. it should come off but drum brake seem to be holding disc on.??what to do.
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Re: rear brake disc replacement
Hi puncho1, u say the drum brake seems to be holding the disc on,,,,,,,,do u mean the wheel hub? I'm not familiar w/ Nissan, but if the disc isn't attached to the hub from the front or back, it's probably just corrosion at the center of the disc where it fits over the hub. A little rust can make it seem as if it's welded on. Spray wd-40 or similar lubricant, soaking the contact point of wheel hub/disc. Let it soak in, then try hitting the back of the disc w/ a block of wood and hammer, it should pop off, let me know how u do.
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Re: rear brake disc replacement
Are your brake pads squeezing the rotor? are your brakes disc or drum? in order to replace pads on disc brakes you need to unbolt the caliper. If you have drum brakes make sure your car is secured and make sure your parking brake isn't on...
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Brake Pads should be replaced in pairs, the front will wear faster than the rear so usually the front will need to be replaced more often.
First Here is a list of what you will need. This list mainly applies to disc brakes but I have included a link for how to replace drum brakes with graphic images. All parts can be purchased from an auto parts or hardware store.
New Brake Pads
Small amount of Brake/Caliper Grease (usually comes in a small packet)
A can of Brake Cleaner
Car-jack and lug wrench
A small bungee cord
Wrench/Socket/Allen Wrench (depending on your car)
A hammer (mainly for drum brakes)
Lossen the lug nuts.
Jack up the vehicle.
Remove the tire from the vehicle.
Use the brake cleaner to spray the brake pads and disc taking care not to spray plastic parts on the vehicle. This is done to partly protect yourself from the brake dust and to also clean everything and help remove rust.
The following steps are for disc brakes, for drum brakes skip to step 15.
Next, remove the caliper bolts, the heads will be located on the inside side of the caliper, the wrench needed will vary base on vehicle make and model.
Slide the caliper and brake pads off of the disc.
Remove the outer brake pad.
The bungee cord may be used to keep the caliper from hanging freely. Do not allow the brake line to be bent or hold the caliper itself.
Use the C-Clamp to slowly depress the inner brake pad as far as it can go. If any brake fluid leaks out of the reservoir, it may need to be replaced once brakes are replaced. Make sure to press the brake pedal several times between each tire having brakes replaced to help keep brake fluid from leaking. Some brake fluid may be siphoned beforehand to prevent loosing any fluid.
If the disc is to be replaced, do so now, spray the new disc with brake cleaner to remove any residue. The disc should be replaced if grooves or chips are found on it, or if it is outside of thickness specifications of the manufacturer.
Grease the caliper bolts.
Put the new brake pads on the caliper and slide the brake pads and caliper back onto the disc and insert the bolts.
Skip to Step 18 for disc brakes.
For drum brakes, use the hammer, brake cleaner, and possibly a pry bar to remove the drum which should slide directly off.
Use the brake cleaner to spray the brake pads and other parts within the drum to clean and prevent dust from being breathed in.
i would suggest if your going to do a brake job and you are unsure how to do this , take it to a repair shop to have them installed correctly this is a major need and safety issue to you and to others but a few tools are required yes .
dear in most cases it will be very hard to reach adjuster but there is another way to get ur hand brake better
1- lift jack "big one" 2- proper wrench 3- car supports for safety 4- screw driver
now u have to do the following:-
1- lift up the car from the rear middle but be sure it is in NORMAL gear and hand brake is down supports for front tires is highly recommended 2- remove both of your rear wheels put wheels under the car as if suddenly car fall it will fall on tires and nothing bad will happen 3- put car supports and both sides of rear Axle for more safety 4- now u can see your brake discs, near center of brake discs u will find a removable knob remove it by screw driver and see in side u will see the hand brake clutch push it by ur screw driver towards the center of the wheel until the maximum u can get 5- repeat last step for the other brake disc 6- restore the knob push it hard using screw driver 7- fix ur tires back, remove supports, lower the car and u r as good as new
Providing that the c/v joints are in good condition, the dealers diagnosis sounds reasonable. However, changing two tires may not solve the problem. In reality the rolling circumference of all four tires must match. Mating two new tires to two partially worn tires may get you closer but still not where you should be. In four wheel drive vehicles, this situation becomes more critical because the transfer case cannot operate properly when front tires are going at a different speed than the rear ones. This can cause the t case to fail (far worse than your problem) Owners of 4x4's generally change all four tires even getting down to matching production lot #s when possible to ensure exact diameter match up. Tire sizes also vary from manufacturer to manufacturer same #s are not always the same size! Therefore using two tires of a different brand can cause a problem as well. I haven't "cured" anything, but I hope this gives you a better understanding of what you are dealing with. good luck.
Raise the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting in General Diagnosis.
Remove the wheel and the tire. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Wheels, Tires and Alignment.
Remove and support the brake caliper. Refer to Brake Caliper Replacement (Front) or Brake Caliper Replacement (Rear) in Brakes.
Remove the brake rotor. Refer to Brake Rotor Replacement in Disc Brakes.
Remove the ABS sensor wire connector.
Remove the four bolts from the control arm.
Remove the hub and bearing from the control arm.
Remove the brake shield from the control arm.
Clean the control arm face and the bore before installing the hub and the bearing.
Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
Install the brake shield and the hub and the bearing to the control arm with the four bolts. Be careful not to drop the hub and the bearing, as it could be damaged. Reconnect the ABS sensor. Tighten the hub and bearing bolts to 70 Nm (52 ft. lbs.).
Install the brake rotor. Refer to Brake Rotor Replacement in Disc Brakes.
Install the brake caliper. Refer to Brake Caliper Replacement (Front) or Brake Caliper Replacement (Rear) in Disc Brakes.
Install the wheel and the tire. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Wheels, Tires and Alignment. Tighten the wheel nuts to 140 Nm (100 ft. lbs.).
Hi joelalthomas, if they replaced your brakes and you never even made it home they had better warranty the work and as for the "it was a common problem on 2002-2004 trucks" well check for Chevy recalls as this is a safety issue that would have been corrected at no expense to the vehicle owner, do a little more research my friend and let me know what happens, I will check around a little as well in the meantime I would find a new garage.Do not pay any more as you said your brakes worked fine until they worked on it good luck to you As for your 4x4 did you look at the left side when you did the right side? and were they bled off properly? you can visually check to see if the calipers are functioning
first check condition of discs and pads if all is good drive and pull up handbrake slowly to see if its the handbrake shoes making the noise if still a problem will most probably be rear wheel bearings