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    Exclamation CHANGING BRAKE DISCS

    evening all,
    just a quick question,im going to be changing my front and rear discs and pads in the morning,and just needed to know do the pistons in the calipers just push stright back in to allow for the new pads,or are they the other kind that twist in while pushing in,its just iv been told i need a special tool if its that style????....if you know what i mean?

    any help much appreciated!!

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    Fronts just push back, rears need to be wound back.
    Its possible to do it using a g-clamp to hold preassure on the piston, then twist with a screwdriver though.

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    thanks mate i thought it may be like that on the rears,il have to try struggle along then and see if your method will work,as my bruv is doing it with me and he has lent this tool to his mate that is the one for the job....owell im sure i will manage
    thanks again mate for your reply

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    What is the reason for screwing in the rears?
    I have done the fronts but still have the rears to do see.

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    Rears are threaded as they act as a self adjuster for the handbrake.

    TBH, the best way to wind the pistons in is to use a brake piston winding tool... You should be able to get one for around 15 and will save you potential headache...

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    Guys, is this easy to do? I'm not a complete numpty when it comes to mechanics, but I've never changes discs/pads myself before. Mine need doing soon so if I can do it myself I'd rather that than pay someone else to do it for me.

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    Doc, I was a total n00b on this, but once a friend bobbed over to do my old Renault brakes, I realised how stupid I had been. Best thing to do is search for your specific car (forums, Google etc), read and have the guides on hand when you do them. They are almost as simple as unbolt, new stuff on, done.

    To be honest, it's the same with all mechanical and electrical bits and bobs, which is why I have the upmost respect for people, like Badger, who have gained so much knowledge over the years it must be almost leaking out of their ears!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Doctor View Post
    Guys, is this easy to do? I'm not a complete numpty when it comes to mechanics, but I've never changes discs/pads myself before. Mine need doing soon so if I can do it myself I'd rather that than pay someone else to do it for me.
    Id say simple one of the most basic jobs you can do, then again its often the little jobs that end up takin the longest and run into unforseen problems!, dont worry mate it will be easy job for you

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    @ the OP

    make sure you clean those damn slider pins

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    i changed my rear discs and pads last week. Dont mess about with screw drivers trying to wind the pistons back their probably be stiff and your end up not being able to complete the job without the piston winder. Top tip for getting the
    securing screw out the disc, use a slighty oversized philips screwdriver use a hammer to give it a few taps so its tight and snug it should free the screw without causing any damage to the screw head.
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    Thanks guys, gives me more confidence to do it myself. I'm pretty mechanically minded & dare I say it not stupid (no responses needed on that point thanks!) but there's always that "what if...?" question in the back of my mind.

 

 

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