Brake Caliper Replacement
Jim Pliss
Tools Needed
  • 1 C clamp 6 " will work just fine
  • 1 set of hex bits or allen wrenches ( I prefer the bits that fit on the end of a ratchet )
  • 1 set of sockets in 3/8 drive and drive
  • 1 medium hammer
  • 1 pair medium vise grips
  • 1 set jack stands
  • 1 jack
  • 1 Tube of Anti Seize ( I prefer the copper based stuff from permetex )
  • 1 tube of disk brake quite. ( blue stuff in tube to reduce brake squeal )
  • 1 Can of Brake Cleaner
  • 1 Bottle of dot 3 brake fluid
Parts Needed
  • Calipers... I recommend replacing both at the same time. Although not necessary I just prefer to do it this way. They are not very expensive at your super Autoparts.
  • Brake Pads ...When replacing calipers, definitely replace the pads too. They are not expensive and even the better pads are usually under 20 bucks.
  • Brake line compression washers. Not a necessity but I prefer to replace them. You will need 4 of them. Short list huh
  1. First jack up the car and place on jack stands.

  2. Remove both front wheels and set to the side.

  3. Insert key in the ignition and turn just to unlock the steering column.

  4. I prefer to start on the drivers side so going with this turn your wheel all the way to the right.

  5. Now sitting in front of the rotor you will see the caliper facing out and towards the back of the vehicle.

  6. Find the flexible line that connects to the caliper and remove the bolt that goes through it into the caliper. Remove line from caliper.

    (NOTE: there are two copper washers on either side of the brake line flange or banjo fitting called compression washers. Do not loose these. I usually replace them. ) Move this line out of your way and yes it will leak a little bit of fluid but do not worry the brakes need to be bled anyway.

  7. There are two pins that hold the caliper on that are at the top and bottom of the caliper and are recessed into the caliper from the inside. You will find 2 rubber type boots there and this is where your bolts are.

  8. Using some brake cleaner spray in here and clean out the road junk.

  9. Now using one of your allen wrenches or hex bits remove these two pins.

  10. Once they are loose sometimes you need to pull on them with a pair of vise grips to remove them all the way.

  11. Using your hammer now tap on the bottom of the caliper until it moves.

  12. Once it moves, grab a hold of it with your hands and using a top to bottom wiggling motion remove the caliper from the vehicle.

  13. Now we can start on the reinstallation.

  14. Ok, now grab your new caliper and one set of pads.

  15. First make sure the piston (Round piece in center of the inside) of the caliper is pushed all the way in. If not use your C clamp to do this. It does not take very much force to move it back.

  16. On your inside pad that faces the piston of the caliper, use some disk brake quiet and spread a very thin coat of it on the metal part of the brake pad. Install the clip for the inside pad and install into caliper.

  17. Install outer pad into caliper after using some disk brake quiet on it also.

  18. Now slide this whole thing down onto the rotor and into the caliper bracket.

    ( NOTE: Sometimes you need to use your hammer to tap into place. It is kind of tuff but it will fit). Now grab your 2 caliper retaining pins. Coat pins with Anti Seize and install then tighten.

  19. Now reinstall your brake line with compression washers on each side of the banjo fitting. Tighten snug.

    (NOTE: do not over tighten these as they can break. They are hollow inside for the brake fluid to pass through).

  20. Now do the other side the same way only turn the wheel all the way to the left.

  21. Follow the instructions for bleeding your brakes on this site and you will now have replaced the calipers / brake pads.

  22. Reinstall wheels and remove jack stands and set car back on all four wheels and you are done.

If only replacing one caliper or only replacing pads:

  1. Follow all the steps above to remove the caliper but do not disconnect it from the brake line.

    ( NOTE: Steps 7 thru 12 above )

  2. Remove the old pads.

  3. Using your C clamp compress the caliper piston into the caliper until the piston is fully seated into the caliper.

    (NOTE: If you can not do this with little to no effort then replace the caliper).

  4. Now follow the above directions for installing your pads and caliper and you are done.

    ( NOTE: Steps 16 thru 18 )

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