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I've never changed brakes before, but I feel pretty comfortable with a wrench. (alot more comfortable than leaving my car with a machanic!) Anyway I don't have a manual so I was hoping you guys could let me know if there is anything wierdto look for? (NX200, atinlock brakes) OH yeah, do the pistons push in, like with a c clamp, or screw in?

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mismo42:
I don't have a manual so I was hoping you guys could let me know if there is anything wierdto look for? (NX200, atinlock brakes) OH yeah, do the pistons push in, like with a c clamp, or screw in?
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Get your rotors turned so the pads will bed-in easier. Make sure you have enough meat on them - the machine shop should be able to tell you if you're ok.

The front caliper pistons you can push in (by hand if you're strong enough), the rears you have to twist in with some needle nose pliers.

Check se-r.net for some tips!

Good luck!

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[This message has been edited by AntonioG (edited 09-13-2001).]
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mismo42:
I've never changed brakes before, but I feel pretty comfortable with a wrench. (alot more comfortable than leaving my car with a machanic!) Anyway I don't have a manual so I was hoping you guys could let me know if there is anything wierdto look for? (NX200, atinlock brakes) OH yeah, do the pistons push in, like with a c clamp, or screw in?

Thanks,
Joseph Aagaard
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Dude, no problemo. To change the pads all you need is a 14mm socket and wrench. Loosen the bottom caliper bolt and push it up. Remember the order that the shims are on the origional pad cause thats how they will be re-installled. If you are swapping rotors too you need a 1/2" socket (for added torque) and wrench and a small extention with a 17mm socket to pull the caliper bolts in the back of the hub. Just lock the wheel in the direction of the wheel you are working on. Use antiseize on the bolts and remember to tighten them down securely. If you have any doubts ask someone who has done them before to guide you, Once you do the fronts you will or should remember how to do them for a long time. The rears are a little trickier. To push the front piston back use a C-Clamp and the old pad. You want the piston to go back in smoothly and not break the rubber seal around the piston.
Tools really needed. 14mm and 17mm. C-clamp and caliper slide grease (preferrably synthetic) and anti-seize, anti-squeek for the shims. Thats it, easy parts.



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Hey all you guys a little tip i learned back when i was working at a brake shop to save time....

If you look down at the top of the caliper there is a viewing hole in there where you can generally look to see if your pads are seriously worn or not.

Well What i was told (and it works pretty well i might add) Is that you can take a flathead screwdriver and stick it down through that hole between the pad and the rotor and then pry the pad away from the rotor. Be sure to pry the point of the screw driver into the pad however so you don't scratch up the rotor. Do this of course before you pull the caliper mounting bolts off and then you don't have to worry about using the C-clamp.

Another point of interest is that i have always recommended NOT using a C-clamp because if you do not get the clamp lined up right in the middle of the piston you can cock the piston off center in its bore and then you run into problems with pads not working right because the piston is stuck.

So the alternative i stated above has seemed to work pretty well for me. Granted i haven't tried it on my SE-R yet but i know the hole is there.

Anyway makes for quick brake changes. Thought i might let everyone know if they didn't already.
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Also a good tip for ya,,,
Make sure when you are starting on one side remove the tire from the opposite side so if you run into any problems remembering where anyof the little springs go you can go to the other side and refference from it,especially if your rears are drums....

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