My brake pads are down to zero. So I'm on my front brake for now. Garage cant do it till Thursday - 2 days away. Cost to have it done is approx £60 - £15 for the pads. So I'm looking to do it myself.
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Re: How do I replace the rear disc pads
Its basically easy to replace the brake pads, remove the brake pads, since you have some mechanical idea ..by looking to the rear caliper you will figure out as to how to go about it.
Once you have removed the pads just check the caliper pistons for blurr and rust or pitting,a 2005 model i guess it must still be in good condition, but not bad to inspect it.
If its not in good condition thn you shopud overhaul it.
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Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Clip, 2 caliper pins, the anti-rattle spring then remove the 2 brake pads and the 4 anti-squeal shims
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.
Remove a small amount of brake fluid from the master cylinder.
Install a used brake pad into the caliper and compress the caliper pistons.
Apply disc brake grease to both sides of the inner anti-squeal shims.
Install or connect the following:
Anti-squeal shims to the new brake pads NOTE: When replacing worn pads, the anti-squeal shims must be replaced together with the pads.
2 brake pads
Anti-rattle spring and the 2 caliper pins
Depress the brake pedal several times to seat the brake pads.
Check the brake fluid level and top off as needed.
someones trying to pull your chain.....the pads fit both sides of the disc(rotor)BUT if the discs were scored then the noise is the pads trying to bed into the scores/ridges....if you can feel a ridge of more than 1mm on the outer edge then you should replace the discs.(dont bother to undercut)then you would have no noise at all.as a matter of interest the front discs last no more than 30.000 miles.fact...unless you use the gearbox to slow down and not the brakes.then 40.000.