Well finaly got round to doing the front brake pads and my what a nightmare
first when trying to take the drivers side wheel of one of the wheels nuts had been rounded a bit so had to wait for my son to bring over the extended wrench bar, so while waiting i decide to do the nearside brake pads first.
Wheel off ok
got my tools by me 7mm Allen key ( photo 1) along with a smaller 7mm allen key for easier turning, bleed bottle made from a coffee jar and clear tube ( photo 2&3 ) jar as 250ml of clean dot 4 brake fluid in it, hammer to tap off caliper, 9mm spanner for bleed screw, small screw driver to help remove the anti-rattle spring, wire to tie up the caliper while removing the old pads great what can go wrong
off we go.
First of all set up the jar ready for bleed nut so no stretching when i need it, right ready brake disc and pads infront of me sitting comfy on padded seat ( photo 4) remove 2 caps from guide pin covers (photo 5) to revel guide pins top & bottom. ( photos 6&7 ) (photo 8 ) caps put to one side safely to insert back later.
loosen & remove guide pins with 7mm allen key carefully as not to wrap your knuckles as i did because the pins are tight then just give, (photos 9&10 ) you are ready to remove the calipers in a bit.
Now the pins are loose and ready to be removed tie up the caliper with the wire or string which ever you have ready by you, (photo 11) also connect bleed hose to the bleed screw (photos 12&13) you can now take out the pins as the wire as the weight of the caliper., remove the anti-rattle spring then very lightly tap back the caliper use rubber hammer if you have one much better less likely to cause any damage. (photos 14&15 )
Once the caliper is removed you can then pull up the wire or string and tie off, now you can loosen the bleed screw press back the caliper piston into it's housing and then tighten the bled screw to 5Nm disconnect bleed hose and remove with jar to one side secure cap to bleed screw. Fit brake pads position caliper housing to carrier and align fit gide pins and tighten them up to 28Nm but remember you are screwing into alloy, so be carefull fit cap to guide pin dust covers, fit anti-reattle spring clip to caliper housing depress brake pedal to seat the new pads. Check and top up fluid rservoir if need be jobs done. ( Or is it )
My brakes feel very spongy now maybe they just need beding in or as any air got into them
i mean look how carefull i was i did read somehwhere that once desturbed you need a T4
to make sure the ABS
is ok am i wrong in this
took the car for a 15 mile drive still feel spongy pedal travling low to floor pan ?