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Need to change my brake pads (rear) but I do not have the original tyre iron and, although I have the locking nuts set, have no idea how to remove them. Any advice would be gratefully received

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The factory tire iron is generally lacking (gives you little leverage) so loosing it is really a good thing.
You can get an "X" bar at any auto supply store. Just use the end that fits your lug nuts. (bar has four ends). As for the locks, most common ones are a round lug with a pattern on the end that matches the pattern in the "key lug" that should be in the trunk, glove box or console. Use the key lug in the end of the round nut on the wheel and the "x" bar on the end of the key. If you can't find the key, bring it to a good shop. Most experienced techs have tricks for removing them without causing damage.
The very last resort on those is cutting them. That can damage the wheel or break a wheel stud so that method should only be used when all other options have been used first.

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  • John Pullen Apr 10, 2011

    just tried the key lug and it doesn't fit!!! Now I guess I have to fork out big money for a job I could have done myself. Thank you very much for the clarity and wisdom of your advice. I very much appreciate it Sir.

  • John Pullen Apr 10, 2011

    This is a great site thanks to people like you. ;-D

  • Richard Scordino Apr 11, 2011

    Sorry to hear the key doesn't work....Better finding out now instead of at 3AM in the pouring rain though!! You can still do the brakes, just have a shop get the locks off.

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Tools:
1. C-Clamp
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o Tip: Safety Tip:Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or safety shoes.

Step 2 Remove the cap from the brake master cylinder. Using a turkey baster, remove a quarter of the brake fluid from the master cylinder. Lift up the front of your vehicle using a floor jack.
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Step 4 Remove the front wheels by removing the lugs nuts that are holding them on. To do this you will need to find the correct size socket and large ratchet or tire iron and turn them counter clockwise. If your vehicle is equipped with hub caps (plastic covers over the wheels), these will need to be removed to access the lug nuts.
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Step 8 Support the brake caliper up and away from the working area. Make sure you do not kink or pinch any brake lines. Do not disconnect the brake line.
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Parts:
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Tools:
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o Tip: Safety Tip:Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or safety shoes.

Step 2 Remove the cap from the brake master cylinder. Using a turkey baster, remove a quarter of the brake fluid from the master cylinder. Lift up the front of your vehicle using a floor jack.
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Step 3 Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds and the frame are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.
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Step 4 Remove the front wheels by removing the lugs nuts that are holding them on. To do this you will need to find the correct size socket and large ratchet or tire iron and turn them counter clockwise. If your vehicle is equipped with hub caps (plastic covers over the wheels), these will need to be removed to access the lug nuts.
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o Tip: Lug nuts fasten the wheel to the hub and may be on very tight. To gain more leverage, use a breaker bar to loosen the nuts.

Step 5 Inspect the brake rotors for scoring, grooves, cracks and discoloration.

Step 6 Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts.

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o Tip: If the brake rotors are worn and there is a big lip preventing the brake caliper from sliding off easily, gently pry one pad back into the brake caliper to clear the lip and make removal easier.

Step 8 Support the brake caliper up and away from the working area. Make sure you do not kink or pinch any brake lines. Do not disconnect the brake line.
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