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How hard is it to change the pads, looking for a manual to help

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The link below is a "how to" page for changing front wheel drive disc brake pads,

Posted on May 14, 2009


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Well the first thing U need to do is clamp off your break line,{u only have to do this if it has abs}which that year.then you nee to break open the break bleeder vavle.Whants you have don this then you are raedy to unbolt the break housing and remove the breaks and replace.Put back togather and close the bleeder vavle and take the clamp off the break line.Now you are ready to bleed the breaks.The same way for all four.{if your car has disk breaks in the back}

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Brakes fail traveling at15/20m makes a grinding sound, but brakes ok at speed.

A grinding sound usually suggests metal to metal contact but, as you say, you have changed the pads and disks.

What springs to mind is that that the brake backing plate - the metal disk on the inboard side - are being touched by the spinning disk, or the noise is being caused by a driveshaft or bearing.

However, there are other possibilities. Are there any shims in your braking system? Shims hold the pads in place and stop squeal/rattle.

It also could be that the pads are not being fully released from the disk when the brake pedal is pressed. Depending on your calliper set up it may be something as simple as a slide that is sticking and needs cleaning.

Brake pads are released from the disk by what is nothing more than the spinning of the disk 'knocking' things back. Assisted by rubber sleeves on 'slide pins'. Something may be sticking and need cleaning and a smear of copper grease added.

It would be too easy to say that you have a vacuum leak (or internal seal) problem in the brake servo. A servo problem usually results in a 'hard' brake pedal at all speeds. You don't have this problem.

It may well be that your brakes feel 'spongy' at low speeds because the pads are not being shoved back from the disk because of sticking slides (depending on your system).

It also may be that the pistons in your calliper are sticking.

You obviously can work on cars and use tools - consider overhauling your brake callipers (look on Ebay for overhaul kits) but bear in mind that doing this also means you have to bleed the brakes.

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Change front pads on ford focus 2009 model

The 2009 Ford Focus seems difficult to install the non-caliper side brake disk due to integral springs on the pad steel backing. Looks like the outer cage of the brake, the part that straddles the rotor, needs to be removed for pad installation, then reassembled onto the caliper system with brake pads installed. Haven't attepmted this yet, but it appears to be the only alternative given geometric constraints. This is a lot more difficult than other front disk brake systems where the pads virtually slip right into place.

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There is an irritating whining/metal on metal sound coming from the front driver's side wheel. Is it my brakes and if so how hard are they to replace?

hi, to me it sounds like you need to replace the brake pads and the brake disk so here is how you do this job:
1 undo wheel nuts and jack the side up your changing first, put axle stands under to keep car raises whilst you take wheel off, dont leave on jack as this wont support the car properly for a long time, then remove wheel

2remove two bolts holding brake caliper to rotor(this is the part that houses the brake pads you have one bolt at the top and one bolt at the bottom at the back of the caliper.

3, just before you take the 2 bolts out get a long flat bladed screw driver and put this inbetween the back brake pad and the brake disk then lever the screwdriver so you are forcing the rear brake pad back into the caliper, doing this will push the brake piston back which then enables you to fit the new ones after you have removed the old ones. So its the brake pad at the back of the disk you need to get the long screwdriver between this pad and the disk and pull the driver towards you so you are pushing the pad backwards into the caliper, this will push the piston back keep going till it stops.

4. Remove caliper with brake hose attached (tie the caliper up or rest somewhere so its not putting strain on the brake rubber pipe).

5 Slide brake pads off (you may have to gently tap on pads to remove them) and then put new ones on.

if you couldnt force the piston back earlier then your going to need a big g clamp to force it back now to allow you to get the new pads in if you done it earlier skip this part

6, now to remove the disk if you look towards the center of the brake disk you will see one or two cross head screws you need to undo this then the old disk will fall off with a gentle pull.
7 when you fit the new disk you need to clean it off with brake cleaner or wd40 as it has an oil coating to prevent it rusting whilst its on sale in the shops so when you buy the pads and disks make sure you ask them whats best to use to clean the surface of the disk not doing this will mean you wont stop when you press the brakes.

8 refit new disk replace the locating screw.

9 fit the new pads it is a good idea to put a bit of copper grease on the back of the pads to prevent any noise not the side that touches the disk but the back of the pads the metal part that touches the piston
Compress piston in caliper to make room for new pads with a clamp. Install caliper, install tire.

now repeat this on the other side.

you need to replace both sides at the same time so dont just replace the one side due to the fact if that side is low then the chances are the other side is just as low

check brake fluid level after doing this, it would also be worth putting a bit of rag around the brake fluid filler as when you push the pistons back your going to force brake fluid back into the fluid resevoir,

then before you drive anywhere get in the car and push the brake pedal a few times to ensure the pads are pushed against the disk, then you should have no problems using your car.

let me know if your having any problems.

not bad for a free post your lucky we answered as this is usually a technical question that people pay for the answer, but i seen your post and thought i would help.

give me a shout if you have any problems ok

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Need procdure for changing front brakes disk and

I would suggest getting a Chilton's manual or a Haynes manual from your local library. It is a pretty lengthy process. These manuals have step by step instructions and pictures to help you.

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I have a 2001 1800 engine Nissan Almera Tino. The rear brake pads need replacing how do i do this?

You said pads so is it disk brake in rear or drum ? disk have pads drums have shoes.
ok if its disk then its real easy to change them take tire off after raising car and theres two bolts at the back of the calibur one top and one bottom back those out then carefully slide the calbur off the disk ok then you will see two pads one inner and one outer they will look slightly different ok heres the short cut use the outer pad and place it agains the round center and use a large c clamp to press it flat then take it off ok know put new pads on and place it back on disk tighten the two bolts back in and put tire back on lower car know very important pop the hood and make sure the brake resivor lid is on good then get in car start it and pump brake back up dont miss that last step or you may not have brakes till you pump it up hope i have helped you.

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Do i need to change the brake pads and discs???

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How are the front disk brakes removed on a 2005 Dodge Durango?

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1991 toyota sr5 4x4 brakes slip. We just changed the pads and therotors in the front. Bled the system, good hard pedal but the brakesdon't grab. Was originally told the rotor was glazed, but that...

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