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I understand that I will need a special tool to screw in the piston when I change the rear brake pads on my 2003 tiburon GTS. Where can I get this tool and where can I find the instructions for replacing the real pads?

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It's fairly easy and the tool cost less than $10 at most auto parts stores, so why rent it? As for instructions...here you go:

- "Loosen" lug nuts.
- Jack the car up. Support with jack stand(s).
- Remove previously loosened lugs. Remove tire.
- Remove bottom caliper bolt
- Loosen, but do not remove top caliper bolt
- Caliper should now "swing" open from bottom up
- Remove old pads. They should slide right out.
- Spray in some "Brake Kleen" to clear out all that brake dust/gunk and wipe it down. You may want to place a rag or something to catch the brake kleen run off.
- Inspect your old pads for "uneven wear". This will save you tons of time later if you have a bad rotor or stuck piston that has been causing uneven wear or gouges.
- If they are worn evenly, proceed to compress the piston back into the caliper with your tool.

Some tools attach to a socket end, this enables you to ratchet the piston back "IN" to it's original position. Either way you can only turn clockwise regardless of the tool. It will be tough, but not impossible. You should encounter tough but "smooth" resistance. Both rear pistons should feel similar in resistance, if not you may have a stuck piston. You'll know though ;)

-Once completely compressed, slide in your new pads and bring the caliper back down into po-si-tion. NOTE: If you removed both TOP and BOTTOM caliper bolts it may be tricky lining them back up with a new "full" brake pad, but be persistent and wiggle those bolts back in place. DO NOT FORCE OR CROSS-THREAD ANY BOLT. WD40 should help.
- Once the new pads are on and the caliper is back in place, make sure to break them in nice and easy with slow consistent stops for the first 50 miles or so.
-The pads will touch the rotor, but that's normal and you should still be able to turn the rotor with some resistance. Once the tire is mounted, it should turn alot smoother.

Hope this helps.

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Some Autozone store rent tools, I would try there first. If this is your first time I would buy the repair manual.

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