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An easy guide to replace a brake calliper yourself

Estimated time: 1-2 hours                                           Difficulty: Medium

Step 1

Begin by jacking up the vehicle with a wheel jack. Get the wheel about an inch or two off the ground. Remove the wheel nuts with a wheel brace, socket set or similar tool. When the nuts are removed you can now take the wheel safely off.

Step 2

After removing the wheel you now have access to the calliper. Remove the two sliding bolts holding the brake calliper in place, and remember to hold the brake calliper when removing the last bolt.

Step 3

Once the brake calliper is free you will need to disconnect the brake hose, remembering to hang this up with the open connection facing upwards. This will help to avoid any brake fluid loss.

Step 4

Remove the brake pads by unclipping the outside pad or sliding it out and then you may need to push the pistons back to remove the inside pad. This is achieved by using a c-clamp to apply the force to push back the piston. Unclip the inside pad.

Step 5

Check the pads for wear, and this would be a good time to replace the pads if necessary, but remember if you change them on this wheel you will need to change them on the opposite wheel for even braking.

Fitting a brake calliper

Now you can take the new calliper and fit the new or used pads to the calliper, clipping them in place. Fit the brake hose to the new calliper, and then put the calliper into position and bolt on the sliding bolts, securing them tightly.

Put the wheel back on and tighten the wheel nuts. Lower the jack, and pump the brake pedal to get the brake fluid through the system.

Take the vehicle for a test drive and drive carefully for the next 100 miles to allow the brakes to settle in.