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How-to: Install Rear Brake

I did not see this in the How To section and wasn't sure if any one else wrote it up. Hopefully I didn't forget anything..

Dealership rear brake job=$265.00+tx New pads $40.89+tax=44.82 Less then an hour to complete=priceless
So as you read, my rear brakes are done. Very easy to do. God I love having pads on all 4's
A little write up for all who have 05's or newer.
* Lift truck and take tire off (duh) Use safety jacks.
* There are 2 14mm bolts holding on the caliper. if using hand tools, you will need to hold the back nut as well. (17mm or 18mm, i forget)(finger pointing in pic)

* Remove caliper by lifting away from rotor

* Squeeze in the caliper using a C-clamp or something similar. rest in a secure spot. Leaf spring is what I used. Don't hang by brake line!
* Remove old pads by sliding out and away from rotor. Compare old to new pads. WOW 31,942 miles on old.

(old on left in case you were wondering) lol
* Remove and replace shims on pads and on the caliper mount. be sure to do one at a time so you can keep track on what pad they go to..I reused mine as to save some $$ as they were in fine shape. just cleaned the mud off of everything before reassembly. lol
* I add a little no squeak to the spot where the caliper piston touches the shim and where ever the metal contacts metal.
* The pads slide in the same way they came out.
* Replace the caliper. It will slide right on unless the piston is not all the way in.
* Tighten to spec.
* Repeat on other side
* Put wheel back on
* Pump brake pressure back up.
* You are done
Sorry for lack of pics. Camera is a POS and died.

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WOW! The brakes did not last long did they? I better have a look at mine! Camera is ok, Batteryneed charged. MC

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My rears were worse at 33K.

Pretty accurate how-to. It's so easy, even a caveman can do it!

BTW, the Bendix brakes I bought came with all the spacers and clips.
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Instead of taking the Caliper all the way off, losten the top bolt, and remove the bottom. The rotate the caliper up... the top bolt will hold the caliper... My two cents on brakes.

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Thanks for the write-up! I have stillen cross drilled rotors and metal matrix pads on the way, but my brakes were horrible so I replaced the rear pads w/ some cheap $25 pads til the stillen stuff comes in. I honestly cant believe it got this bad @ 30k miles

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I realized I could have left the lower bolt on and rotated the caliper up. Of course it was after I took it all the way off. lol
Its unbelievable that the pads only last that long. I guess we were spoiled by shoes for so long... I guess by the wear the brakes are being used pretty evenly. Not like the old trucks that use 70% braking on front pads alone.
My fronts are cross-drilled and I will eventually do the rears when the rotors need to be replaced..

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Is the process for changing the front brakes the same as the rear?
Also, I'm I correct in believing that this is a relatively simple take off old pads / put on new pads process?

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Is the process for changing the front brakes the same as the rear?
Also, I'm I correct in believing that this is a relatively simple take off old pads / put on new pads process?

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I had a tough time with my front passenger brake. The stupid metal clips where bent and made it tough to get in. The brakes in the next gen don't swing on one bolt like the 1st gen X's.

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I did my fronts at 25K and they were shot, but a majority of my driving is stop and go city stuff.

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