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Changing front brake pads. Front brake caliper won't move with C-clamp. Why?

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Not sure of your vehical model or year but some disk brake pistons need to be turned while you compress it , in other words you might try using large channel locks and turning the piston while compressing it with the clamp, try not to rip the dust boot

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What year its the car or truck? try turning them around clock wise some calioper work like that in some cars like onda cars you migth need the tool that come to do this kind of caliper work .you can tell by looking at the serface of the caliper cilinder.

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Change front brake pads


fairly simple as far as brakes go.jack & secure car,there are 2 3/8'' allen bolts holding
caliper,remove bolts lift caliper off may need to pry it a little. using a C clamp you need to push back the caliper piston into caliper.when installing new pads its recemended to apply anti-squeal to the back of pads & lightly grease the caliper slides(where the caliper rest when installed)
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NOTE pump the brake pedal a few times before you move car so the piston reseats

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How to replace front discs and pads


Front brakes are very simple to do:
  • Pull off the front tires.
  • Remove the brake pads by removing the slide pin bolts where the piston assembly attaches to the caliper mounting bracket. The slide pin bolts are usually a 12 or 14mm bolt. Once the piston assembly is free slide the old brake pads out.
  • Compress the piston back into the caliper by using a large pair of channel lock pliers or a c-clamp. If you don't do this, you won't be able to get the new pads on.
  • Before you put the new pads on, replace the rotor.
  • Remove the two bolts for the caliper mounting bracket. They are in the back and are bigger than the slide pin bolts. Usually a 17 or 19mm bolt.
  • Pull off the caliper mounting bracket.
  • At this point the old rotor should slide right off. If it doesn't slide right off, look for a screw in the center of the rotor, some cars will have a screw there to hold the rotor on. If there's no screw and it still won't come off, try tapping it with a hammer. If you're replacing the rotor, don't be shy.
  • Put the new rotor on. Make sure to clean off any grease with brake cleaner that may be on the braking surface from packaging.
  • Put the caliper mounting bracket back on.
  • Put the new brake pads on. Make sure to use some anti-squeal grease on the back of the pads.
  • Put the caliper assembly back on with the slide pins. Grease up the slide pins as well.
  • Put the wheels back on.
  • Make sure to pump your brakes 10 - 15 times before you drive off. Because you compressed the piston back into the caliper, the piston will not be contacting the brake pads unless you pump the brakes.

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Once the piston is compressed, use the 21mm socket to remove the two caliper bolts and then tie up the caliper so it doesn't hang down in the way and stress the brake lines.
Then you need to bang on the rotor with a mallet until you free it and it will come off. You may need to hammer it pretty hard.
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Front brake
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Front Wheel Drive Brake Assembly
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Removing Brake Caliper Mounting Bolts
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Remove Front Brake Caliper
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    2. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle. Remove the front wheels.
    1. Remove or disconnect the following:
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    2. If equipped, remove the protective paper from the noise suppression gaskets on the new disc brake pads.
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      • Outboard disc brake pad by sliding it onto the caliper assembly
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      • Front. Apply the brake pedal several times until a firm pedal is obtained.
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