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Old 12-07-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Rear Pads and Rotors Replacement help..

Need new rear pads and rotors, local shop labor rate is a bit high IMO, what do I need to accomplish this task myself? Gonna take a ride to the parts store after work today to get all necessary supplies
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Pads, rotors (if they are warped or cracked etc.), and brake caliper tool!.. That last one you can rent from Autozone!.. A good jack and some jack stands!..

Question is have you done brakes before?..
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You need brake fluid and need a bleed tool or a friend to help you bleed them, brake grease, and new brake shims.
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Just make sure you get the tool. I bought one because they are fairly cheap.

You have to turn the piston while you press down, it's not very difficult
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You need brake fluid and need a bleed tool or a friend to help you bleed them, brake grease, and new brake shims.
If your just replacing the pads and rotors then you shouldn't need to bleed the brakes!.. Brake grease really isn't needed!.. I've done brakes with and without it and there's no difference!.. New shims should come with the new pads!.. I know they don't always, but unless the old ones are bent, broken, or otherwise damaged, the old ones will still work just fine!..
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If your just replacing the pads and rotors then you shouldn't need to bleed the brakes!.. Brake grease really isn't needed!.. I've done brakes with and without it and there's no difference!.. New shims should come with the new pads!.. I know they don't always, but unless the old ones are bent, broken, or otherwise damaged, the old ones will still work just fine!..
when doing a brake job, using new shims and grease is suggested... it is an extra $3 So why would you cheap out? Any time that you depress the caliper, you should bleed the brakes. shims dont come with the cheap brake pads and the cheap pads won't last as long. why would you cheap out on a part that is vital to safety? Brakes are needed to stop any vehicle, especially a small powerhouse like the GT. You are already saving money by doing it yourself so don't be cheap.
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when doing a brake job, using new shims and grease is suggested... it is an extra $3 So why would you cheap out? Any time that you depress the caliper, you should bleed the brakes. shims dont come with the cheap brake pads and the cheap pads won't last as long. why would you cheap out on a part that is vital to safety? Brakes are needed to stop any vehicle, especially a small powerhouse like the GT. You are already saving money by doing it yourself so don't be cheap.
I'm just saying what is needed and is not needed!.. Plus some of your more expensive pads don't come with new shims either!.. That's why I said I know some of your new pads don't come with new shims!..
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when doing a brake job, using new shims and grease is suggested... it is an extra $3 So why would you cheap out? Any time that you depress the caliper, you should bleed the brakes. shims dont come with the cheap brake pads and the cheap pads won't last as long. why would you cheap out on a part that is vital to safety? Brakes are needed to stop any vehicle, especially a small powerhouse like the GT. You are already saving money by doing it yourself so don't be cheap.
Shouldnt have to bleed brakes during a change unless air was somehow let in the line...depressing caliper doesnt let air in. Grease is a waste of $$ 2 imo. Brakes are easy, have fun learning, you'll never let anyone do them 4 ya again
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Bit if confusion here hahaha, appreciate the help tho guys..so new pads, rotors, caliber tool, socket set, jack and stands and I should be good to go?
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Bit if confusion here hahaha, appreciate the help tho guys..so new pads, rotors, caliber tool, socket set, jack and stands and I should be good to go?
Yes!.. And another thing I would suggest getting is a Haynes Manuel!.. It will walk you step by step on almost every repair on your car!..

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Shouldnt have to bleed brakes during a change unless air was somehow let in the line...depressing caliper doesnt let air in. Grease is a waste of $$ 2 imo. Brakes are easy, have fun learning, you'll never let anyone do them 4 ya again
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Could I just use a big c clamp rather than dishing out the money for the caliper tool?
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Could I just use a big c clamp rather than dishing out the money for the caliper tool?
No you have to have that tool to twist the caliper back in
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Could I just use a big c clamp rather than dishing out the money for the caliper tool?
You could if you really want to spend a whole day doing your brakes!.. Autozone rents out different ones!..

I did a set of brakes with just a couple pairs of pliers!.. Literally took all day!.. Never again!.. Lol
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I,ve always done my own brakes rotors and pads without bleeding them.Not very hard at all go on you tube you should find a step by step guide on how to do them..
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Could I just use a big c clamp rather than dishing out the money for the caliper tool?
You can rent the tool! You have to give a $100 deposit but you get your money back when you return it
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Could I just use a big c clamp rather than dishing out the money for the caliper tool?
I use a c clamp with no issues everytime I do brakes. Put a black of wood on the caliper so you push on both pistons equally and push em in. Easy to do and doesn't take long at all. Caliper tool will work too but isn't at all necessary. C clamp and thin block of wood works perfectly
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I use a c clamp with no issues everytime I do brakes. Put a black of wood on the caliper so you push on both pistons equally and push em in. Easy to do and doesn't take long at all. Caliper tool will work too but isn't at all necessary. C clamp and thin block of wood works perfectly
The E-brake is integrated into the rear caliper. When you pull the e-brake lever the piston twists out.. It needs to twist in or else it's not going in at all.
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I use a c clamp with no issues everytime I do brakes. Put a black of wood on the caliper so you push on both pistons equally and push em in. Easy to do and doesn't take long at all. Caliper tool will work too but isn't at all necessary. C clamp and thin block of wood works perfectly
He's talking about the rear brakes!..

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I do a very similar thing when working on the front brakes!..
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Oops... Misread. Disregard what I said
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The piston needs to be turned in, thats why you need the caliper tool. You do not need to bleed your brakes.
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You could just buy a rubix cube tool from any auto parts store, I believe it's only 5$ and does the same thing.
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+1 on the runic cube tool, I've used both the cube and a disc brake tool kit, both accomplish the same thing but the tool kit has many adapters to use on many different vehicles
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I know it may be a day late and a dollar short but one thing I didn't see mentioned is a tire chalk. Whenever jacking up a vehicle it is never a bad idea to chalk a wheel on the opposite end and opposite side of the car. (E.g. if jacking up the left front corner, chalk the right rear tire) Especially when removing brakes that hold a vehicle in place while it's jacked up.

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