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Old 10-04-2011, 07:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All,

I need to change my front disc pads pretty soon, only about 3mm of material left.
Are there any unusual tricks that I need to know?
I am a pretty good home mechanic with a good supply of tools.
2000 GV, V6 manual 4WD.
I will have some tie-wire to hold up the caliper so that it doesn't stretch the brake hose.
I usually use a carpenter's G Cramp to push the piston back to make room for the thicker new pads, whilst watching the brake fluid level in the reservoir to avoid spillage and paint damage.
Last time I did this job it was for my old '95 Vitara and the job was straightforward.
I have read the service manual, nothing unusual in there.
Any tips would be appreciated, thanks.
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its very easy. Make sure you use the old pad on the piston when you use the clamp to push it back in. I have seen people push the piston back in and damage the piston.
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Changing the pads on the GV is pretty much the same as changing the pads on your old Vitara - that is - assuming you don't have ABS on the GV.

If you do have ABS, I would suggest you not "push' the fluid back into the master cylinder, but rather connect a tube to the bleed nipple and open it slightly, so that the fluid is expelled from the system when you push the piston back into the caliper.
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Thanks very much gentlemen.
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Hello to all,

I have just changed the pads and test driven successfully.

Points to note;
1. There are two bolts/pins holding the caliper, only undo the bottom, 12mm bolt. ( I wasted some effort trying to undo the top bolt, too tight anyway).
2. I did have to draw some brake fluid from the reservoir to prevent overflow as I pushed the piston back into the caliper.
3. There is an extra clip on the behind pad, don't know what it does but I made sure that it was in replaced on the new pad.

All in all a simple procedure.
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If the "extra clip on the behind pad" fits at one end of the pad, it's probably a "squealer" or "tell tale" - basically a metal finger that sticks out toward the rotor, and when the pads are worn, it will touch the rotor and squeal to let you know that the pads need to be changed.
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Have done my 2006 several times. Straight forward but I do suggest ceramic pads for longevity and also they generally come with all NEW hardware! No, they do not eat up the rotors as some speculate. I don't turn my rotors everytime either, that's corporations selling you parts. I have 145,000 on mine and I turned them once. The guy at the machine shop told me it wasn't worth the effort nor the cost with the amount he had to plane off. Back brakes are a little more of a pain and you have to be careful of the ABS sensors..............they are very expensive to replace! PATIENCE would be a virtue doing back brakes!
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