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trying to replacing rear brake pads was a disaster

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by cxnsi, Nov 19, 2005.

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  1. cxnsi

    cxnsi Junior Member

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    ride: accord 98ex 4dr
    me and my homeboy were trying to replace the rear brake pads with OEm quality pads i had bought online. unfortunately we did not read proper documentations before we started; the break is now air filled. the piston is loose from the caliper. We had to call a tow truck to get us to BreakCheck. They said they do not install pads from anyone else but their own. so we have to buy new pads and installation charge (~$80), bleed ($25), and a new caliper (~$175). So the estimate came out to be around $300. We had to leave the car there so they could fix it. ................man, i feel like shit right now....
    any comments on the pricing?
     
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    swanny Senior Member

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    you live and you learn.
     
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    MXDesa Senior Member

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    What did u do?? Did u try to press in the caliper with a C clamp or did you twist it in?
     
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    you can use pads, doesn't have to be EXACTLY what they say

    I believe the rear calipers, you have to twist the piston back in, and fronts used the C clamp
     
  5. 92civicb18b1

    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    I think he probably depressed the brake before he put the caliper back on/
     
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    civicious FüK-VTEC VIP

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    How is it possible not to know how to change brake pads?
     
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    I guess they thought you change the rears the same way as changing the fronts, easy mistake to make for a novice tuner.
     
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    the rear need a special tool to do right. The tool cost 10 bucks or takes 10 mins to make. The shop sounds like they are dicking you around, no pads but their home brand? Never heard of this before
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Yeah, stay off of the brakes until you get 'em completely re-assembled.

    Oh well, now you know...

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    haha

    brakes are like intro to auto type shit...
    you need to bury your tools and never touch your car again

    or do some more research mang...
     
  11. 92civicb18b1

    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    yea.. brakes are really simple.

    On the Audi it's literally 2 bolts and a caliper tool or C clamp, well you can say 7 bolts if you consider taking the wheel off too.

    The first car I ever worked on was a VW Rabbit with some major electrical problems no one helped me but I got it to run and drive for a while. [​IMG]
     
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    wow. Even brian and I didn't have any problems doing mine.

    You don't NEED the special tool to get the piston back in, but it would make it 10982 times easier to do. We had to twist the piston back into the caliper with a crowbar until we could get the caliper around the rotor.

    I'm just glad I didn't fuck up, it would have been an expensive learning experience.

    I spent 90 total redoing my rear brake pads and rotors.
     
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    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    I spent 65 for the front and rear pads.

    Calipers were fine. And i used a good old C clamp all around. It took some time because the A4 doesnt have a plus design in the rear. It has 2 little grooves on the sides. So it's Audi tool or no tool. I just used the C clamp tot push and twist and back off after each turn to release the pressure....It worked.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Once I get my brake swap complete and settled in, I'm going to replace my pads and disks.. Got to get track-worthy stuff. I'm thinking EBC green stuff pads. Not entirely decided yet. It needs to be streetable too.
     
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    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    I kinda want to upgrade my brake on the A4, but it's going to be pointless with the untuneable ECU that I have. So that means no SC project, no TT project and N/A is just out of the question with the 12V. It would just be a heavy, slow car that stops fairly well.


    But A8 rotors and 993 calipers are so tempting.
     
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    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    The pricing from the shop isn't THAT bad really... but next time, just rebuild the caliper on your own. It's not that hard, and it's a good learning experience.

    Brake upgrades are never pointless... unless you ask E_SolSi about what I want to do- then you get comments like "You're just not right!" and crap like that.

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    price - too much.

    you not knowing how to do brakes, just means you deserve to pay the $300 ot have it fixed. then please do us all a favor and dont attempt to do a swap.
     
  18. E_SolSi

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    with the brake setup that you are talking about i wouldnt be suprised if the air bags deploy the first time you stand on em
     
  19. 92civicb18b1

    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    LMAO.

    I was going to use 4 piston calipers and 12" rotors.

    Or maybe even 12" rotors and 2 piston calipers to cut the cost in half.
     
  20. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Well, that would be a good excuse to get a new steering wheel. [​IMG]

    I was thinking something much larger than that, and in a car that's already lighter than what you have... and has 12 inch brakes already too. :)
     
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