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How do you get the caliper off to change the brake hardware kit or just getting the pads off?

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Open the "Bleed Bolt" like you are going to bleed the brakes, then with a Vise or Big pair of pliers or even a prybar close the cylinder before attempting to remove caliper. Be sure to open Bleed bolt, other wise you might damage master cylinder. Good Luck.

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  3. 2 Lower the jack until the weight of the car is solely on the jack stands.
  4. 3 Loosen the lug nuts and remove the wheel from the vehicle, exposing the brake system.
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  7. 6 Secure the caliper to a part of the suspension with a bungee cord to avoid it hanging by the rubber brake hos, where it could be damaged or start leaking.
  8. 7 Loosen the two bolts that hold the caliper bracket to the vehicle and remove the caliper bracket.
  9. 8 Pull the rotor from the vehicle.
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  11. 10 Take the rotors to a machine shop to have them resurfaced if they are above specification and need resurfacing. Verify the manufacturer's recommendations in the repair manual, as rotors do not always need to be resurfaced or replaced.
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  13. 12 Place the caliper bracket back on the vehicle and hand tighten the bolts on the back of it.
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  17. 16 Slide the caliper over the brake pads and reinstall the caliper slide pins.
  18. 17 Torque the caliper slide pins to the manufacturer's specifications.
  19. 18 Replace the wheel on the vehicle and torque it down to manufacturer specifications located in your repair manual.
  20. 19 Lift the vehicle off of the jack stand with the floor jack and remove the jack stands.
  21. 20 Lower the vehicle to the ground and remove the floor jack.
  22. 21 Press the brake pedal several times to pressurize the brake system before test driving the vehicle.
  23. 22 Drive the vehicle, performing several hard stops to make certain the brakes are operating properly.
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