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Old 03-20-2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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Can someone provide a how to for changing brake pads?

I've got a ST and think I need to possibly do the fronts and backs...I found this, but is there better?

http://www.focushacks.com/index.php?modid=40

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Fronts are probley the easiest your backs are going to be a pain in the a$$. You have to push the piston in an turn it at the same time.
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The front brakes are easy. You can figure it out with out a write up!
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I just found out I only need to do the rears...PLEASE HELP!!!
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What about taking off the rotor is that easy??? Just hit it with a rubber mallet??? I just found this pic, do I have to take off anything to get the rotor off???

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No the rotor comes off with easy, at least mine did. I didn't take the rotor off though. I don't really see why you would.
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Cuz it's worn down and the shop says it needs to be replaced ASAP.
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When you do breaks always replace the rotors, some people will say get em turned but then u have less metal and they will warp a lot easier
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^^Yes replace the rotors.

The rears aren't a total pain. Basically it goes as follows.

-Take off rear wheel
-Take out the rear caliper slide bolts
-Move caliper to the side, hanging it from a suspension component with a zip tie or something to keep it from hanging from the brake line
-Remove the caliper mounting bracket
-Remove the rotor (if it is rusted to the hub a few good, direct hits with a 24oz ball peen hammer to the surface of the rotor in front of the hub will free it)

Assembly is basically the opposite. There is one quirk though. As said above the pistons in the rear calipers must be twisted in. Buy this tool. http://www.etoolcart.com/ProductImages/ATD/ATD-5060.jpg

You can find it at most automotive stores. There are six different patterns on it which corrospond to different patterns on different cars calipers. I forget which the ST has but its there. You basically insert a 1/2 extention and ratchet into it, just like a socket and then turn the piston back in. I found it was easiest to turn the piston all the way out first and then back it back in. I hope this makes sense. And be sure to open the bleeder valve on the caliper while doing this so you don't force fluid backwards through the ABS system. The brakes will need to be bled after this to get the air out but if it hasn't been done in a year it needs it anyway.

After the pistons have been turned in then be sure to put some brake parts grease on the backs of the pads (not on the friction material) and any place the backing plate of the pad contacts the caliper. (this keeps the pad from binding and ruining the brake job... found this one out the hard way)

Put the new rotor on, caliper bracket on, new pads in the bracket, caliper over pads, caliper slide bolts in (grease these slide bolts as well), wheel on and your on your way. Just don't brake hard for a few hundred miles.
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Thanks guys, it was an easy job and now I can stop...only issue is that I ran over a pothole and blew out 2 tires...fun stuff...
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