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Changing brake pads

Trying to change brake pads and I cannot release the old ones...do I need a tool or what?

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Dics work with screw type piston,suggest release hand brake and screw back pistons by using a screwdriver or similiar in the slots in hydrolic cylinder.remove pads,fit new and screw back cylinder to meet new pads allow minium slack.

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We are changing back disk brakes. How do you get the caliper to go back inside for the new brakes to fit?


the piston needs to be turned and pushed at the same time. There are several different tools for this.

This one works the best but is also more expensive.
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This one is very cheap and may work. Personally not worth it to me.

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These will lock into the slots in the piston. Then turn the piston while applying pressure. Because the E-brake is built into the caliper the piston has a mechanism that allows it to ratchet out. Turning the piston while pushing it in will release the ratchet mechanism and allow to piston to be pushed back into the caliper.

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I am changing the brake pads on our 2005 S-Type. How do you release brake pressure to reassemble?


You will need a large C-Clamp or a cailper piston tool. Place an old brake pad against the piston in the caliper and use the C-Clamp to push the brake pad against the piston to collapses the piston into the caliper. Also open the master cylinder cap and place a towel around the area to catch any brake fluid that would come out of the master cylinder as you collapes the piston, this normal, but doesn't always happen, depending on the level of fluid in the master cylinder.

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How do you change the rear brake pads on a mazda6 and do you need a special tool or can you get by without? 2002 model


jack up rear of car,put on axlestands/bricks,remove roadwheels,you will then be able to see what needs to be done to replace pads.no special tools required,but remember to smear back of pads with copperslip brake grease,stops em squeeking.(prise pistons apart with tyre iron)and remember to unscrew brake fluid cylinder cap to release any overspill,

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Rear brake pads replacement how do i remove and replace i tried to take the calpiper off and got the bolts removed but the old pads are tight againset the rotor


Yes they will be. Especially if you have the parking brake applied. The piston must be pressed back into the caliper cylinder completely to install the new pads. So you need a tool to do this. Ask at the autoparts store where you purchased the pads for the correct tool for you vehicle. You need to pry them back a little to slip the pads past the unworn ridge on the rotor, then use the tool to press the piston back into the cylinder all the way.

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Is there anything special about changing brake pads on a 2004 Escalade?


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Changing brake disc and fixing engine mount


Try to check for other reliable shops for their prices to see if you can get a cheaper price. This projects are not however do it yourselves especially for the less experience. It may be dangerous if a mistake is made. Leave this one to the professionals with a reasonable fee.

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Successfully changed front brakes but when i went to change rear brakes the caliper seems to be stuck.what can i do?


your rear brake has most likely a drum in hat style brake.

The caliper is not stuck, you need a special tool to rotate the piston of the brake caliper and depress it down. It is connected to your parking brake, that is why this security measure was taken.

the special tool looks like this :

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a ratchet fits in the center hole and depending on the style of piston you have you will need a specific side of this "cube" tool.
you may need to slide the pads out to see the piston.

I hope this helps, Goodluck!

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Changing the rear brake pads on 91 mu


Chalk the front wheels, car is on jackstands i hope, release the handbrake, use the old pad with a c- clamp to compress the pistion on the caliper, install new pads. may have to take the cap off the master cylinder, if none of this works, open the bleeder valve, and compress the piston, rebleed the caliper.

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Do i need special tool to change the front break pad?


I'm going to assume you are talking about the front brakes since the brake pad warning light is wired to the front drivers side brake pad. Is this is the case you shouldn't put off changing the brake pads and rotors too long after the warning light comes on because you don't want to damage the caliper and cost yourself more money. Do them atleast within the next 500 miles if not earlier. The front brakes on the Jetta are standard single piston disc brakes. Buy decent new brake pads and you might as well buy new rotors instead of getting the old ones turned down (resurfaced, makes them thinner). You should also buy new brake fluid (good stuff) and flush the lines since VW recommends changing it every two years and it keeps the brake system clean and free of corrosion (saves money in the long term). Then you just jack up the vehicle, pop off the tire, loosen the caliper bolts, pull off the caliper making sure to still support it so the brake line doesn't get damaged (rig something up to hang it off the spring on the strut, i.e. bent metal clothes hanger), remove the one screw that holds on the rotor, pull off the old rotor, and remove old pads. There will be a pad sensor wire on the left front that you need to take off too. At this point you might need to push in the caliper piston in order to get the new pads seated correctly. There is no trick on the front calipers like the rear ones (the rear ones need you to turn the piston while pushing it in and is easiest to do with a special tool). You can use and old c-clamp or borrow a caliper tool fron a local auto parts store for the front. You should mount the new rotor first, then you might want to open the brake fluid reservoir (in the engine bay at the back, i.e. closest to cabin, in front of the driver), push the caliper piston back in, mount the new pads by usually sliding them on (use some brake quiet on the back if they don't have anything on them already), and put the caliper back on. The new pads might have the attachment for the sensor. You need to find out all the tightening values for all the bolts you remove and the best way for this is to buy the Bentley factory repair manual for your car (about $80). This will have the procedure I just outlined. It will also tell you how to change the brake fluid. The website forums.tdiclub.com will also have lots of answers for you and probably has pictures on how to do the work. I also recommend worldimpex.com or germanautoparts.com to buy whatever parts you need.

One thing I should mention, the rear brakes in these cars wear out long before the front brakes. If you have never had those serviced you should really look at them too. They may be down to metal on metal if the fronts are worn out.

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2002 Jetta Brakes


On one of the front driver side pads there is a sensor for low pads. He either did not hook it back up or got a lose connection to it.

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