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My rear brakes are really sqeeling? Will replacing the pads help and how do I do it?

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Before you start fitting bits,try reversing with the brakes on slightl,then forward with the bakes on slightly,may cure a dust/rust problem.
have you checked the brakes for wear,and if they need replacing do not forget to use copperslip on the backs to stop squeel.
you dont say what model/age it is, so i cant give you fitting instructions.but if its old will it need rotors/drums replacing as well???

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

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  • geoff hunter Jul 17, 2010

    on most cars with disc brakes all round,the rotors tend to need replacing about 5years/50k
    as they are only cast steel(they rust and score very quickly)replacement is a simple job of removeng wheels and pushing pistons back into the calipers,before removing them and refitting new,no secrets,no hidden bolts,the worst job is getting the pistons back,remove filler cap and use a long handled screwdriver to wedge them away(easy if two of you and one loosens bleed valve as the other wedges(do not allow air into system doing it )once screws are removed fron rotor use a hammer to break rust.

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