Rear Brakes

Eugene Kanter eugene at
Thu Nov 20 15:09:11 EST 2003

My system apparently has not been serviced - rear disks has been worn so
badly that touched calipers. I had to get mine rebuild - very nice job
for $100, new pads included.

How many miles do rear pads last?


On Sat, 2003-08-30 at 20:25, Kneale Brownson wrote:
> Pad replacement is a relatively straight-forward procedure if your system
> is in good shape.  You have to turn the piston clockwise and push on it at
> the same time to get it to retract fully into the caliper cylinder.  If
> your system hasn't been serviced routinely with things like flushing the
> old fluid and checking the condition of the boots on the pistons, you could
> find getting the piston back in difficult.  There's a $50-60 tool that
> works great.  The alternative is to turn the piston with waterpump pliers,
> being careful to not tear the boot, while applying pressure with something
> like a large C-clamp.  I usually open the bleeder slightly, arranging to
> catch the drips somehow, because I'm going to flush the system as part of
> the bleeding I usually do after installing new pads.
> At 08:00 PM 08/30/2003 +0000, nhvonhof at wrote:
> >Is replacement of pads only on the rear pretty simple? A DIY for a reasonably
> >intelligent person? Any BTDT and tips & tricks?
> >TIA!
> >Neil Vonhof
> >'91 200q20v Sedan
> >152000 miles
> >Seattle
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