07-21-2013, 02:08 PM
If you don't have a "c" clamp you can put a pry bar between the pad and rotor and leverage it back slowly to compress the caliper.
If you drop the pads or they get mixed up, the brake sensor tab always goes to the front of the vehicle (on the back it would fold under after making contact)
If the master cylinder comes with a bleeder kit, place the master level either in a vice, or get a piece of 1x2 or such and place it as level as you can get it on the floor (against something sturdy). Screw in the bleeder hoses and bend them back into the reservoir. Depress the brake rod slowly and firmly until no air escapes.
Leave the hoses on it and submerged.
When you mount the master cyl have a helper at hand and use audible communication:
You: Press the pedal and hold it.
Helper: It's down and holding.
You: Let the pedal up.
Helper: It's up.
Once the master is mounted start the lines. Have the helper press the pedal down and hold it. NOW tighten the lines. That way it sucks out the air that entered the lines at the top and releases it through the reservoir. Instead of bleeding the entire system (if the fluid is clean it makes it a lot faster and cleaner).
When you mount the caliper make sure you use the new copper washers and put one on each side of the hose block. If you don't have a helper at this point it can be done alone. Fill the system and leave the bleeder slightly cracked. Place a small hose on the bleeder and put the other end in a small container of brake fluid making sure the end is below the level of fluid. Depress the pedal a few times. The fluid will go into the container, the air will escape, and it will suck fluid back in instead of air.
Make sure you bleed the calipers one more time because if you have any air in them, about 2/3 miles down the road the caliper will compress and not release and you'll be stuck walking back to get a wrench to open the bleeder again.
Any questions, post up, and STC or myself will probably see it.
Oh...do the other caliper. It just makes sense. If it has a hot spot in it, your pedal will pulse and you'll be doing it before the end of the day, and hating every second of it. (I understand it may not be financially feasible but it's cheaper than a tow and going back to get another caliper).
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