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How do I get the caliper to retract on my KIa Spectra5 far enough to get new brake pads on?

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  • eccoh1 Mar 09, 2009

    Thanks, I was using a clamp, but have found out that these being the rear brakes, I need to thread it in, with the cap on the Master Cylinder off.



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Don't do this if your not comfortable working on cars ... someone could get hurt ...or your car could. Make sure front wheel are blocked and car is in either park or first gear.

  1. Don't set the parking break.
  2. Block the front tires.
  3. Remove the two shoulder bolts on back of caliper .. .10mm I think.
  4. Pull caliper up and forward. Don't let it hank by the brake line.
  5. Remove pad, making sure to not lose the small clip that holds onto the ears of the pads.
  6. You need to get a special tool to screw in the piston that is on the caliper. This can be obtained for about $15 at most automotive store.
  7. Be careful to not tear the rubber piston boot when screwing piston back in ... go slow.
  8. Wipe caliper off of any dirt. Don't use compressed air. Use a small wire brush to remove any corrosion in the area where the pad ears go, if needed.
  9. Replace new pads into caliper and remount caliper onto rotor.
  10. Screw shoulder bolts back in. Don't force them as the shoulder fits into a hole in the backing plate. You should almost be able to screw them in by hand. tighten good
  11. Get in car and work parking brake about 10 times. This will adjust the pads to the rotors

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Try using a c-clamp or vary large channel locks,make sure you hav`nt add brake fluid yet,you`ll need the backflow

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