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Remove and replace front disc brakes and rotors on 2003 landrover freelander

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This is how I did it, 2003 TD4 Kalahari automatic, vented discs (earlier models have different size discs and calipers), without reference to any manual, so follow at your own risk if you feel confident and have the correct tools. It is a caliper off job, so common sense and strong wrist (to undo and retighten bolts is important). Check disc wear at the same time, to reduce the hassle of having to do it all again if the discs are shot.

Prepare a piece of stout cord. Slacken wheel nuts, jack car up and support on axle stands, remove wheel and site under front sill as precaution against axle stand/jack collapse and to clear out of area of operation, use 15mm socket to remove the two caliper fixing bolts on inside of hub. Ease caliper away from hub and tie up with cord (to reduce stress on brake hose. Remove clips from through pins and remove anti-squeal shim. Use pry bar between pads to open caliper fully (not recommended if you are going to re-fit same pads), remembering to seal reservoir to prevent fluid leakage. Try fitting new pads to caliper (I had to grind one pads metal lugs slightly to allow fitting to stainless sliders - another had already been machined by the manufacturer). Fit shims as per instructions with new pads. Re-fit anti-squeal shim & through pins and pin clips. Re-assemble in reverse sequence to dis-assembly. Car passed MOT ok, with good braking performance. NB it is important to check disc thickness. which my MOT station said is a minimum of 18mm, mine were at 19+mm after 40k.

The CD service manual is available on ebay for less than £5.00, so it might be worth checking that first, as I make no assertion that my way was the correct method, just that it worked.

Hope that helps.

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