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Old 08-05-2006, 09:49 AM   #21
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well, I only looked at this thread after I started to remove everything. Have never done brake pads before on any of the cars, never owned one long enough, so I just started to take it apart and figure it out. Real easy, 20 minutes about for each side, but then came those clips, and 2 hours of frustration and pain, yesterday.

Then I ran upstairs and looked at this thread, didnt really help at all, but my friend and I got them in this morning after about 30 minutes, with just a screwdriver and a thumb this time. Though next time, ill definitely make sure not to take them off.
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:55 PM   #22
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Heh, NOW I found this thread....

5 Minutes per side to swap pads
2 hours total time to do the clips (both sides).


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Old 02-21-2013, 12:39 PM   #23
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I realize this is an old (but useful) thread but I just went through the process of changing the pads and rotors on my 2003 SVT and this is how I solved the problems of the Cursed Clips. I posted annotated picture at but if you can't see it here are the steps.

1. Hold the clip roughly horizontal and put pin into lower hole.
2. Rotate the clip into position so the lower "arm" is on top of the caliper bracket where it should be.
3. Place the top pin into the top hole with the upper "arm" underneath the caliper bracket. The clip is now approximately in the correct location, with just the upper "arm" out of place.
4. Use a large clamp (I used a furniture clamp) to lightly hold the upper pin in place.
5. Use a screwdriver to easily slide the upper "arm" over the top of the caliper bracket.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:02 AM   #24
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Not rocket science, the clips can be put on in like 30 seconds...........all one needs is how they look when on right.
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I got rid of my SVT 4 years ago...loved that car, but hated the shoddy build and cheap parts that kept breaking down on me.

Nuclear Holocaust could start tomorrow and those damn brake clips would be the only thing to survive.
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