How To Change Rear Brake Pads In '89 Audi 200
Save money and learn how to change rear brake pads in a '89 Audi 200. Although the rear brake pads on most cars are only used for around 30% of the stopping power, they do wear down over time. They are made from a thinner material generally as they aren't used as much as the front brakes and this is to almost try to ensure that you change the rear brake pads every other time you change the front brake pads. Here is how to change the rear brake pads on you '89 Audi 200.
You'll need the following:
- Tire iron
- Floor jack
- Axle stands
- New brake pads
- Socket set and wrench
- Needle nose pliers
- Loosen the rear wheel's lug nuts 1-2 turns using the tire iron with the wheels still on the floor. Use the jack to raise the car and fit axle stands under the sub-frame or chassis rails.
- Continue to remove the lug nuts and eventually the road wheels from the car and set them aside. Starting on one side, remove the bolts holding the caliper in place. The caliper will be heavy and you do not want it to hang off the brake hose, so take the weight with your hand.
- Using either a C-clamp or a special piston retraction tool, squeeze the brake pads outwards. Remove the split pin and slide on top of the caliper with the pliers.
- Pull the old brake pads out of the caliper using the pliers and set aside. Clean the caliper up if it is corroded or dirty. Fit the new brake pads in the caliper and refit the slides and split pins.
- Hang the caliper back around the rotor and torque up the caliper bolts. Repeat this exercise for the opposite side of the rear brakes. Refit the road wheels and tighten the lug nuts. Lower the car and re-torque the lug nuts to complete the job of replacing your rear brake pads.