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    Default Is it hard to change the brake callipers?

    Hi guys!


    I need to change my rear brake calliper because it's leaking brake fluid and also it sticks. I found one at my local scrap but is it hard to change?
    I've seen that it's attached to the fluid pipe . Just unscrew that? And what to I do with the handbrake cable does it comes out thru that hole at the end? Or it needs to be cut? No idea.
    Then I will need to bleed the brakes do I have to start the bleeding process from a certain wheel (ex front) or it doesn't matter ?

    Thank you

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    Its actually quite easy. Iam sure there is a how2 for it on here (I am on my phone so can"t link to it)

    The handbrake cable just unclips from the caliper. You will need to top up your brake fluid an its probaly worth bleeding them all if it hss not been done in the last few years. A Gunson bleed kit from halfrauds is great for doing that job.
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    Thank you for your quick reply. Will do it tomorrow .
    Couldn't find any how 2 but hope I will manage to do it

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    I am slightly concerned that you don't appear to have any idea what you are doing or how to do it or even what the very simple things on the caliper are.

    This is absolutely not a dig at you, this is just an observation. The brakes are clearly a critical safety feature of you car, and their performance affects every road user. If you have any doubt about what you are doing, then I would suggest that you seek advice, or even entrust this work to someone who is qualified.

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    Hi mate I am not a noob

    I've done loads of work on my car using this forum: spark plugs, oil, filters, thermostat , brake pads, rear shock absorbers, Exhaust, alternator (every 2 month something is failing on it ) ) but couldn't find any infos about callipers .
    So just one to be sure that I am doing the right way. As don't have much time to search for parts tools etc..
    For example on my Dacia (Romanian car) bleeding brakes was made starting from the front N/S clockwise I know that newer cars don't need that specific method (but just want to be sure)

    I like usually to ask when I am doing something for the first time as every car manufacturer has his own issues that you need to be aware of that .

    I've went to services and found that some of them are more noob than but they charge money for that

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    YOu could just strip the caliper, clean the piston and pop in new seals?

    If you ride a motorbike its almost an annual job.

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    Managed to get a calliper from local scrap. How do I remove de brake cable from the caliper ??

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    all done managed to put it on . easy job. just have to bleed the brakes now

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    Nice one mate
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