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I'm replacing rear disc brakes on a 1997 firebird. But it doesn't seem like the caliper for the drivers side rear is collapsing enough to allow pads to fit over the caliper. Is there some sort of trick or special something I need to do to get them on?

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SOURCE: changing rear brake pads

on the rear the piston winds back in at the same time as pushing it not like the front

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

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That is just the ABS system at work. It is supposed to prevent your wheels from locking which often makes the brake pulsate, especially in wet weather or or snow or ice. The only way to really stop this is to disable to ABS by unplugging it and removing the fuse. This will make the ABS light appear in your dash, but your brakes will stop pulsating.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008

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SOURCE: Changing rear breaks

Try tapping around the rotor hat (the area that actually fits over the hub, where the lug bolt holes are) with a hammer. That usually will loosen up a rotor that's stuck due to heat, dust, etc. As for compressing the rear piston, they're a screw-in design, not a compression design like the front calipers. You need a piston retracting set (you can borrow them from AutoZone), and with that you can screw the pistons into the calipers. After removing the reservoir cap underhood, screw them all the way in so that you have ample clearance for the new pads over the new rotors, then pump the brakes a few times before you hit the road (put the reservoir cap back on first).

Posted on Oct 13, 2008

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SOURCE: rear brake pad 2004 grand prix

the rear calipers will have to be turned in(screwed in). do not try to push then straight in or you will have to replace the caliper

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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SOURCE: can not compress the rear

there is a special tool needed for it but u can use a pair of vice grips to do it... but more or less u have to turn the piston counter clock wise and piston will go back into the caliper

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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When disc brakes overheat there is usually one of three causes. The first is/are the rods or pins that the caliper slides back and forth on. These rods pull the caliper's outer pad into contact with the rotor. If these pins get sticky or corroded, they can cause pad overheating. The second problem is the caliper piston itself. They can develop rust ridge ring from exposure to ht elements and thus will not retract enough to break contact with the rotor. The third cause can be a collapsing brake hose. When the rubber hoses age, the can soften up inside. When applying the brakes, pressure will force the brake fluid to the caliper normally, but when the brakes are released, the hose can collapse, trapping the brake fluid in the caliper and not allowing the pad (s) to release. You need to disassemble and inspect the brake components to determine thew cause and take appropriate repair actions.

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Hi Terry,
Please check out this Link : http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/featured/books_and_manuals/1461465620.html
Here you will find the details regarding your Car and how you can check and repair the breaks without taking it to a mechanic.
I hope this helps.....

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2002 Ford Excursion 7.3 4x4 rear brakes getting smoking hot. Noticed it on driver side first. Assumed the rotor was sticking, replaced it and the hose. Relaxed pads and found the pads on passenger side...


There are a number of issues that can cause overheating disc brakes. Disc brakes, when released, separate from the disc by the action of the rotor moving between them (since no rotor is perfectly true, there is a small about of wobble and it pushes the pads away from the rotor surface). Things that can cause this to go wrong are:

  1. Caliper pistons that have rust rings that cause sticking. This most often will happen right after or shortly after replacing old, work out pads with new ones. Because the caliper piston was extended out farther with the worn pads, its surface may get rusty. This rust can cause sticking when the piston is pushed back into the bore with the new, thicker pads.
  2. Caliper slide bolts will rust and get sticky, not allowing the caliper to release properly and re-center itself on the rotor. What you often see here is that one pad (inner or outer) is totally worn out and the other seems normal.
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What tools needed to replace front brake pads & rotors


Brake Pads
Removal & Installation
Front





3.4L front disc brake assembly
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4.0L and 4.7L front disc brake assembly
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To Remove:


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of
    this section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

    • Front wheel
    • Clip, 2 caliper pins, the anti-rattle spring then remove the 2 brake pads
      and the 4 anti-squeal shims

To Install:

CAUTION
Only replace brake pads on 1 side of the
vehicle at a time. Failure to use this procedure could cause the caliper pistons
on the opposite side of the vehicle to pop out requiring the reconditioning or
replacement of the brake caliper.


  1. Remove a small amount of brake fluid from the master cylinder.
  2. Install a used brake pad into the caliper and compress the caliper pistons.
  3. Apply disc brake grease to both sides of the inner anti-squeal shims.
  4. Install or connect the following:

    • Anti-squeal shims to the new brake pads
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    • 2 brake pads
    • Anti-rattle spring and the 2 caliper pins
    • Clip
    • Front wheel

  5. Depress the brake pedal several times to seat the brake pads.
  6. Check the brake fluid level and top off as needed.

Rear
To Remove:


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of
    this section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

    • Rear wheel






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    • 2 cylinder slide pins from rear caliper assembly
    • Caliper assembly from rear caliper mounting
    • 2 brake pads with anti-squeal shims from rear caliper mounting
    • 2 anti-squeal shims from each disc brake pads
    • Pad wear indicator plate from the inner side disc brake pad
    • 4 pad support plates from the rear caliper mounting

To Install:


  1. Install or connect the following:

    • 4 pad support plates on the rear caliper mounting
    • Pad wear indicator plate on the inside brake pad
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    • Anti-squeal shims on each brake pad
    • 2 disc brake pads with anti-squeal shims to the caliper assembly

  2. Apply lithium soap base glycol grease to the sliding part of 2 caliper slide
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  3. Install or connect the following:

    • Disc brake caliper assembly with 2 caliper slide pins
    • Torque to 65 ft-lbs (88 Nm)
    • Rear wheel

  4. Depress the brake pedal several times to seat the brake pads.
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--- Removal & Installation
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To Remove:


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of
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  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

    • Front wheel
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  3. Make matchmarks on the disc and the axle hub.
  4. Remove the front disc.

To Install:


  1. Align matchmarks and disc onto axle hub.
  2. Install or connect the following:

    • Front brake caliper assembly with the 2 bolts

      1. Torque to 90 ft-lbs (123 Nm)

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