Replacing Brake Calipers

  In this section you will find complete step by step instructions for properly replacing the front brake calipers. If you follow these steps you are assured that your brakes will NOT squeal. If you just do a "quick slap" you can count on brake noise.The photographical examples are actual photos taken during a front brake caliper job performed on a 1995 Honda Civic LX.

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Step 1. You will need to jack up the car and remove the front wheels to gain access to the front brake components.

Turn Brake Caliper  
Step 2. Turn wheel to expose caliper mounting bolts.
  Caliper Hose Retaining Bolts  
Step 3. Remove the two retaining bolts that hold the caliper hose in place. This will allow free motion. Not all cars have bolts, some are equipped with clips, etc.
Clamp Caliper Hose
Step 4. Install a clamp on the caliper hose. Needle nose Vise Grips work well for this. This is done to keep from loosing all the brake fluid in the master cylinder. Do not clamp to tight damage to the hose may occur.
Loosen Caliper Hose Banjo Fitting
Step 5. Loosen the caliper hose "banjo" fitting.
Remove Brak Caliper hose
Step 6. Remove the Banjo Fitting.
Remove Caliper Bolt
Step 7. Remove the Caliper bolt. Some cars have an upper and lower bolt that need to be removed. This vehicle just has one lower bolt.
Remove Caliper
Step 8. Lift up from bottom till caliper clears the rotor. Then pull the caliper off the SLIDE mount..
Remove Pads
Step 9. Remove the brake pads.
Remove Caliper Mount

Step 10. We chose to go with loaded calipers so we needed to remove caliper mounting bracket as well. Remove two mounting bolts.

Lubricate !
Step 11. Lubricate the back of the pads and the ends so they can slide freely. This is an important step to insure that your brakes will not make noise.
Install caliper
Step 12. Slide caliper and pads over rotor and install the two mounting bolts you removed in step 10.
Install caliper hose
Step 13. Install Caliper hose with Banjo Fitting making certain to replace the 2 brass washers with the new ones provided.
Install hose mount bolts
Step 14. Install Hose Retaining bolts of clamp that you removed in step 3. Remove Clamp/Vise Grips that was installed in step 4.
Loosen Bleeder
Step 15. Loosen bleeder screw and wait for fluid to drain. This is known as gravity bleeding.
Step 16. Once you see a steady stream of fluid tap a few times on the side of the caliper and then tighten the bleeder screw.
Step 17. Install the rubber bleeder cap to prevent dirt from entering.

Step 18. Pump brake pedal to set brake pads. Install wheels and test drive.
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