Original thread: http://www.civictype-r.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=112&t=15520
Author: Mr Bilko!
This is my “How to” method of changing rear brake pads on our CTRs.
If you feel confident enough to take the job on it’s straightforward taking approximately 30 mins.
If you’re unsure then please don’t try this at home because the braking system is the most important safety related issue on the car, and this job requires a moderate skill level in auto technology.
Tools required are:
19mm wheelbrace (the 1 in the toolkit will do) and locking nut key
17mm & 12mm combination spanner
Cars body jack, or preferably a trolley jack
Brake piston wind back tool (not essential) like ‘Franklin TA890’
Brake pad grease
1 Place the car on an even surface with the handbrake on and slacken off the wheelnuts.
2 Chock the opposite side front wheel, using blocks or weights like these if you’re tuff an well ‘ard
3 Jack up the car and place an axle stand under the suspension arm, then remove the wheel and put it aside. Yes, I know, I’m cheating but a trolley jack makes it easier
Now release the handbrake.
4 Undo the top and bottom caliper to carrier bolts using the 12mm spanner, and holding the sliding pin with the 17mm spanner.
5 Undo the flexible brake hose mounted to the suspension using the 12mm spanner. (It’s easier if you have a 12mm socket and ratchet)
6 Start to wind back the piston, so that the new and thicker pads will fit in, until a firm resistance is felt. You can also use a G clamp and a pair of mole grips to turn and push the piston back instead of this tool.
7 Make sure the piston looks exactly like this when wound back.
This is because the back of the inner pad has a pip on it that lines up with the piston, so if the piston isn’t at 12 o’clock, it won’t fit over the pads!
8 Here’s that pip.
9 Remove the pads, and when re-fitting, apply a small amount of high melting point grease (copaslip or similar) to the top and bottom of the pads as seen here.
Refit the caliper once the pads are in and then refit everything in reverse order from 5 to 1
Do the same for the other side and that’s the job done and dusted
As you can see, I’ve not replaced my pads, but illustrated “How to” do them, and hope it explains it to you.
If anyone has any questions feel free to post below or pm me.