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A fairly simple job but there are a few points to cover to do the job properly. No1 DONT buy cheap pads. They will throw black dust everywhere, they do not dissipate heat well and will damage your rotors which are more expensive than pads. Also you can feel the difference, the more expensive pads do stop better but they also help you apply a more progressive and even pressure resulting in smoother braking. Once you have the vehicle off the ground and safely secure with the wheels off, you will notice the 'caliper' can be removed from the mounting bracket by removing the bolts (13mm or 1/2")from the 'sliders' (located on the top left and right). You must hold the large inside bolt (near the dust rubber) with a large spanner (17mm or 3/4") Pry the caliper from the rotor and mounting bracket. Pull the slider pins from the mounting bracket, clean and re-grease slider pin and guide hole and replace using high temp grease. Check condition of all dust rubbers and seals, (there should be no sign of leaking fluid or holes where dust can enter), clean dirt from the the tin angle pad anti-rattle guides. Push the caliper pistons all the way in using an old pad and a 'G' clamp or similar. To make the job very professional there is a silicon type substance that can be applied to the pistons where they contact the new pads, this will stop 'pad rattle and squeal', but is not totally necessary. Position the new pads in the bracket against the rotor, put the caliper in place and replace the slider retaining bolts remembering to stop the inner bolt from turning. Pump the brake pedal to push the pads against the rotors and replace the wheels. With any brake work always test drive, Before moving off make sure pedal is high and hard, move a little and ease the brakes to ensure they stop without making any nasty sound. Stop the car 2 or 3 times from a 'walking pace' and if all is good continue to 'bed' the brakes in by doing several light stops from a low speed (speed limit). Congrats! Job well done!

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