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ok extremely dumb question...ive always taken my trucks in to get the brakes done and im tired of paying 75 dollar labor so im gonna do it myself only one thing ive never done it i know i got to take off the caliper and what not but how do i depress the pistons or whatever before i put the new ones on and how do i take the old pads off

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It isn't bad at all.

At least on my '97, it takes a big Torx bit to remove the calipers. Once it is removed, the pads just slip out. Might also be a funny looking anti-rattle clip snapped in place.

To depress the pads, open the bleeder screw (or loosen the banjo bolt) BEFORE pressing the pistons in. I use the old pad that sits against the pistons as an aid to clamp against. I use a big C- clamp to press the pistons in. Or, you can buy a cheap tool that will do the same thing.

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You need a C clamp, then use the old shoe so you don't damage the piston. Then just put the clamp in the middle of the piston, and just depress the piston in the entire way. It's pretty easy, here's a pic.
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alright thanks guys i read on the net that the caliper bolts can be taken out with 14mm socket

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how about the rear brakes is there anything special to do with the emergency brake setup

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no it's pretty much the same but when compressing the caliper back off the bleeder screw as it's bad for the master to have fluid forced back that way. thats why my grandpa told me and he ran a shop for many many years

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Hmmm...

I never heard of the bled screw thing...

But I normally pry the in-board shoe slightly to remove the caliper and then use a large pair of channel locks and squeeze the piston back in.

But so far I've got 140K miles on my truck and NEVER change brake pads yet... I figure I'll go all the way to 200K mile before its due...



Now I've had to reuild the rear to caliper because of sticking pistons.



This bring up anothe topic. Maske sure you change you brake fluid every 30K miles. You be suprised on how my trash and junk gets into the claipers and wheel cylinders.



After 28K miles... Brake fluid does get rather ugly...


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Well...must be nice to have an engine brake...

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i replaced everything in Dec 06 and then pads in July 08

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