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    Right, My rear brakes are knackered, pads are dead and so are the discs, i dont have the time to take it anywhere due to the daft hours i work so im taking my car to work saturday when its quiet to do them myself in our workshop.

    This is the first time iv done discs and pads so im lookin for any advice if possible, iv looked at youtube videos etc and done my research and as far as im aware its wheel off, 2 bolts for the caliper, lift the caliper out, 2 bolts for the caliper holder, take the caliper holder out, undo the 2 screws holding the disc in place ( i know these need some help with a hammer as you undo them) then undo the brake fluid cap and wind the piston in clockwise with a bit of forward pressure using a rewind tool i do not have so im making one at work with a big bolt and some nuts etc

    p.s a pic of the caliper piston on a vectra c 150 sri would be a MASSIVE help

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    Pretty much their mate but I would suggest taking the disc retaing bolts out first as it will make its hell of a lot easier.

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    and dont push the fluid up to the resavoir it can turn the seals in the master

    undo the bleed nipple on the caliper then screw the pistons back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Critch View Post
    Pretty much their mate but I would suggest taking the disc retaing bolts out first as it will make its hell of a lot easier.
    You meen get the wheel off then undo the disc retaining screws off before the caliper etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gixerjd View Post
    and dont push the fluid up to the resavoir it can turn the seals in the master

    undo the bleed nipple on the caliper then screw the pistons back

    do i need to do anything else if i go down that route, as in do i have to clamp the brake line before i loosen the bleed nipple to stop air getting into the bvrake line?

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    I have never known seals in the master cylinder turn when changing brake pads. I am not saying it doesnt happen, just a new one on me.

    I would have thought you would be ok, if you retract the pistons slowly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben50n View Post
    I have never known seals in the master cylinder turn when changing brake pads. I am not saying it doesnt happen, just a new one on me.

    I would have thought you would be ok, if you retract the pistons slowly.

    im not really an expert so i couldnt say either way, i see what hes saying and it makes sence but on the other hand iv had people like yourself say they have never experienced that problem so i guess its just a choise il have to make and hope for the best, id just open the bleed nipple but does that then involve clamping the brake line first?

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    Not done it myself that way, but you would have to clamp the brake line to stop any air gong back through the system.

    I have used two 1/2" sockets on Mole grips to nip the brake flexi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben50n View Post
    Not done it myself that way, but you would have to clamp the brake line to stop any air gong back through the system.

    I have used two 1/2" sockets on Mole grips to nip the brake flexi.
    Thats a good idea, thanx. thats 1 thing i was concerned about was damaging my brake line trying to clamp it, il be fitting these tomorow so hopefully all goes according to plan

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    Well the sockets will nip the brake line but will not have any sharp corners to cut or damage the flexi brakeline.

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