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I just replaced the front brake pads on our 2006 Scion. I did NOT remove the whole assembly as the roters did not need replacing or turning. I removed the center roter assembly, but not the frame around it. I did NOT take off the hydrolic lines or open the bleed nut. It is the easiest and most straight-forward pad replacement I've ever done. Unfortunately, when I finished and went to test drive it, the Scion wouldn't move. It acts like the wheels are locked from turning. I can start it, turn the wheels, put it in gear, pull the emergency brake on and release it, but the rig just won't budge. Any ideas? Thanks, Bill

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    larry blais May 11, 2010

    I would guess that you have a defective brake caliper. Did you have to force the pistons into the caliper or did they collapse easily?

    BUBBA JONES May 11, 2010

    did you compress the caliper pistons?



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You probably pushed in the piston with the cap on the reservior. That or there is too much pressure between the abs motor and the caliper. Loosen the bleeder at the caliper and see if it pushes out fluid. If it starts to squirt out, close it as soon as it stops. I hope that helps.

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
    • Brake pads to the caliper mounting
    • Pin boots, sleeve boots and brake pads. Tighten the slide pins to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm).
    • Wheels
Did you tighten to only 25 ft.lbs.? It's not a lot so I hope you didn't smoke it down!

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