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#1 Ricky2772

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:27 PM

here I will post the piccies for the front pads replacement.
quite easy job.

first, remove the pins and punch out the 2 rods from behind;
careful that the retaining plate will spring out!




In the absence of some of the original pics, here's a video of how it's done.

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:28 PM

...then the 2 pads will easily slide out, at the most you can pry'em out gently...

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:30 PM

...now its time to pry the calipers as wide as they go....use any tool as long as its not sharp, since you could cut the rubber sleeve. before that, open the cap of brake fluid reservoir, but don't forget to close it afterward!

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:31 PM

...now you can slide in the new pads!

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:34 PM

last thing needed is to reinstall the 2 rods, keeping the retaining plate below, and don't forget to re-apply the 2 clips! note: the retaining plate is not mandatory, its purpose is to limit pads rattling/squealing/clicketing....track boys keep it out, since there is better cooling w/out it....so is a personal choice to re-install it or not. so, track-days addicts might wanna try w/out. job done! :P while there, you can bleed the system too, but you need a partner to depress the brake pedal. It's easy, isn't it? no bolts to undo whatsoever.

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:38 PM

...now take it easy for the first miles, the pads will have to bed-in.....after a few days, you can prep'em right....do 4-5 medium braking sessions on an empty stretch, so to get the pads to temp. then, w/out cooling time, go for 3-4 emergency stops from 60 to 20mph. beware of temporary fading, since brake resins might evaporate in the process. discs should look purple-ish after that.

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:44 PM

a note about pads wear: wear is higher on the inner pad, and even more on the bottom half. pads can be rotated easily, so you can swap interior/exterior pads for a more even wear; a bit of pads-beading has to be allowed again, when rotating pads.

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:48 PM

:rolleyes: Nice one Ricky, one to print out and keep for future reference.

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:53 PM

tonight I will post the steps for the rears, a bit more complex but nothing to worry about..... I might have found a way to make it easier... :P

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:53 PM

Another great post by Ricky with the digi cam Imnotworthy !! Thorney - perhaps there should be a FAQ section where this and other really useful posts can be put(ie not a general post place)?? Saves them getting "lost" too... Now whos gonna do a digicam "pre-cat removal" ?? I dont mind taking the pic's and doing the write-up if someone wants to do my car :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :D

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 02:59 PM

Brill, Thanks Ricky. Can't help thinking that I have worked on this type of caliper before. Must of been on one of my Pugs (309, 106 S1 and S2, 306Gti) I agree with you completely, p*ss easy to do, why on earth a garage wants £400+ notes for all four pairs.

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 03:00 PM

Nice guide ! Like I've posted on here before, if anyone in the Milton Keynes area wants their pads changing etc, I'm more than happy to let them do it in my garage, and I'll give instructions etc etc. Stuff like this can be a bit daunting if you've not touched the dirty bits of a car before. Bri

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 03:04 PM

Nice guide !

Like I've posted on here before, if anyone in the Milton Keynes area wants their pads changing etc, I'm more than happy to let them do it in my garage, and I'll give instructions etc etc. Stuff like this can be a bit daunting if you've not touched the dirty bits of a car before.

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Just don't let Bri try to get your car back out of his garage ;) :P

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 03:09 PM

Thorney - perhaps there should be a FAQ section where this and other really useful posts can be put(ie not a general post place)?? Saves them getting "lost" too...

:rolleyes: Good idea, as this is something that may not be relevant to all of us now but if it saves paying expensive rates later on I will give it a go.
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Posted 21 May 2003 - 03:30 PM

Just don't let Bri try to get your car back out of his garage ;) :P

lol Jim ! My own garage is fine... it was my mates place where you need to make a bit of an odd turn on the way out that caused the problem

(for those who dont use the evo forum, I drove my Merc 500E into a wall this morning....)

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 04:05 PM

Ricky, Just to add my own thanks. It's a long time since I got my hands dirty and the prospect of starting again now is a bit daunting. It certainly makes sense to have a go when you can. Thanks too to Bri for the offer of supervision. cheers Guys!

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 06:02 PM

...and this is the look you get once done with the pads.... :lol: :lol:

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 06:11 PM

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Posted 27 March 2005 - 01:35 PM

Cheers Ricky! chinky chinky Just sorted out my front pads! Easy peasy chocolate squeezy!!!!! Rob PS - Are those driving gloves the new sparko's???? The absolute height of Italian chic!!!! :lol: edited to say 'God Bless The Search Facility!!!'

Edited by Robski, 27 March 2005 - 01:37 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2005 - 01:42 PM

Ricky nice gloves. poof




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