Doing another brake job on my car but these are the rear wheels. I start with the first thing first, and that is safety. I blocked the front wheels then I go back and find a good spot for my floor jack. I lift it just a little then I break the lugnuts, then lift it up a little bit more. I position a body jack for safety at a good point under the rear wheels, then I finish taking the rear wheel off. Then I grab my straight bit screwdriver and compressed the piston which compressed very easily and then I loosened my caliper with my 3/8 drive ratchet and a 15 mm socket. Now I didn’t have to use my wire coat hanger to hang the caliper on the strut, it hung on the strut by itself. Now by looking at these old pads, they have been on here awhile!
We bought this car from my wife’s parents but were unsure if the back brake pads had ever been done while they had it. Be sure to get the old shims off and put the new ones on correctly and you may have a little bit of fight on your hands putting the new pads on with the shims on the back side. So be patient and you WILL get it. And as you can see in my picture, I had a clamp light because it got dark in there and I needed both hands to fight those damn shims.
Now once you have the pads in, I should have mentioned this part before, I ran my thumb and index finger along the rotor for any grooves or any wear and signs that they may need to be replaced in the near future. Also for thickness, but these rotors passed very well!
Now onto installing the caliper, it fell right into place because my piston was fully compressed and I did have my 8″ C-clamp to compress the piston if needed. Then I grabbed my brake lube to reinstall my bolts and get them installed and nicely torqued down, and what I did not picture is the condition of the boots of my brake caliper mounting frame and they were in great condition. And this was the best and easiest brake job I have ever had the pleasure of doing. If you look at the pictures you’ll notice that she has her bleeder valve dust caps. Now, all we have to do is put the wheel back on, pull out my body jack, lower the wheel and make sure the lug nuts are torqued down, and we are done with this side. Do the same to the other side and we are completely done with this brake job!