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Rear Calipers-how do they back off

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    Rear Calipers-how do they back off

    Just preparing myself for a rear brake job and i figured this would be a good place for an answer. How do the rear calipers back-off on these cars? I know some you just man-handle and use a prybar to get em back, and others you have to have th 'tool' to screw them back in etc. How do you get these ones to back off? Also, how does the parking brake affect removal? Special tools required or what? I've not done rear-disc before, i assume it to be the same as a set of fronts.

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    Same as the front.
    They should just come off once the caliper bolts are removed. Keep a hand on it when removing the bolts...may just come off.

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    Thanks, its just standard then. I wasn't sure if there was any special steps involved with the rears as they contain the parking brake end of things as well.

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    I always keep the parking break on because the wheel is definitely not gonna rotate.

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    The parking brake is a small set of shoes inside the rear rotor, completely independant of the caliper. Don't forget your 16mm to hold the caliper mounting nut while you turn the bolt and use a c clamp to compress the piston. BTW, I always recommend a complete flush of the brake fluid every couple of years, this may be a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96z28 View Post
    I always keep the parking break on because the wheel is definitely not gonna rotate.
    Won't get the rotor off with the e-brake on.

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    Yea, i wasn't sure HOW the ebrake actually worked, kinda my reason for asking all of this I suppose. I didn't plan on setting the ebrake to change 'em out though, lol.

    Speaking of which, my ebrake doesn't work the best, replacing the shoes, tough task? Worth doing? Can i buy these pads anywhere or are they a dealer-only item?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    Won't get the rotor off with the e-brake on.
    true that! i ended up on my ass cause of that

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    adjust your parking brake if its not holding well. its HIGHLY unlikely its a problem with the shoes unless the following
    A. the springs rusted inside and broke
    B. the rotors were removed at one point and the friction material was ripped off the shoes.

    To set the parking brake tighter some cars have an adjustment nut inside the handle that tightens up slack on the cable. other times there is a hole in the backing plate that allows you to set the drag using the adjuster wheel tightening up the shoes. either way dont overdo it. you should have your handle get tight fairly quickly.

    to compress the caliper piston you can either use a clamp with the old pad in place or a nice big pair of channel locks. i use the channel locks myself. if you use the channel locks make you have the jaw applying pressure either on the pad or both sides of the piston. you dont wanna break the piston. this job is super simple. lastly dont forget to pump your pedal up so its nice and high and hard. check the fluid, and if your pedal is spongy you can go the extra mile and bleed the brakes.

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    i've done brakes before! I just wondered if these things were anything special and its obvious they aren't. Thanks for all the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    Won't get the rotor off with the e-brake on.
    i thought we were just changing pads here my bad

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