How to change brake pads on 1998 Camry

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Old 26 Mar 2006, 01:38 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to change brake pads on 1998 Camry

Remove front wheel, remove two 17mm bolts that secure caliper, use
coat-hanger to suspend caliper, remove old brake pads (brake pads will
be "connected" together by a v-shaped springy clip - make mental record
of how it's positioned), compress caliper with C-clamp, use rubber-band
to compress springy clips, attach spring clips to inside brake pad,
grease brake pad edges, replace thin sheet metal spacers, and carefully
position inner brake pad with V clip (this can be a pain is the
ass...patient or not). Use one of the old brake pads to temporaily
fill the space between the new brake pad and the caliper, temporarily
tie (with string) the new brake pad and old brake pad in place (you
don't want it to move). Drop in the outer new pad (with sheet metal
spacer) and work the V clip into the two holes in the pad (again, can
be a pain ... 5 mins to 30 mins). Cut the rubber bands and remove, cut
the string and remove, replace and bolt down the caliper.

Perhaps theres a special tool for dealing with this V Clip ... but I
connected with a little ingenuity..

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Old 27 Mar 2006, 06:36 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to change brake pads on 1998 Camry

You'll save yourself a WHOLE lot of time by leaving the pad anchor
connected to the steering knuckle and instead removing the two 14mm
caliper slide pin bolts to remove the caliper only. No messing with string
or rubber bands, the pads just pop out and in against the rotor.

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