You must be logged in to rate content!
7 minute read
How to replace Rear Brake pads / Rotors on your B5!
Compliments of FishEye @ http://www.audiforums.com
so i felt like doing a lil write up on how to remove and replace your rear pads and rotors on your b5 a4... its quite simple and i'll provide lots of pics for all you visual learners...
ok first thing u need is a b5 with bad / worn brakes ... next thing you'll need is some tools... i think either a 8 or 7mm hex key socket , 13mm wrench, a 15 mm wrench, and a ratcheting caliper piston depressor tool and some brand new brakes.
now if youve got everything stated above then ur ready to go ahead and do you're brakes..
start off by jacking the car up and putting it on jack stands (NOTE: if you dont have air tools then i suggest u break loose the lugs while the car is still on the ground then jack the car up.) then take the tire off.. if you have those plastic caps over your lugs then take those off first...
Now that the tire is off and you have a clear view of the rear rotor / caliper.. look on the caliper... there should be two 13mm bolts on the back of the caliper.. take your 13 mm wrench to loosen the bolt while using your 15mm wrench to hold the second nut thats on there... after loosening one loosen the other and then just pull the caliper off.
Now that the caliper is off you need a caliper tool to depress the piston on the caliper back in... DO NOT use a c clamp or a regular brake piston depressor that you would use on the front brakes... these rear brakes are the screw in type brakes... if you try to force the piston straight in without screwing it you might break the ratcheting mechanism inside..
Anyways with your caliper tool just put it on and tighten the end with your 15mm wrench clock wise..
Now that the piston is depressed you are ready to slap your new pads on... now theres pretty much two ways you can go from here... if you only want to replace the pads then go ahead and put the new pads on there... put the caliper back and then put the bolts back... put the tire back... then pump the brake pedal a couple times so the piston can adjust... then you're ready to go! but if you want to replace or resurface the rotor... then follow the steps below in part 2
so you're probably reading this part right here because you want to replace your rotors along with your new pads (good idea!). In this write up i'll be resurfacing my rotors (the shop where i work at has a brake lathe for resurfacing) but the removal and instalation process is just the same..
now to remove the rear rotor theres two bolts holding the caliper carrier in... they should be 7 or 8mm allen bolts... just find the socket that fits in there snugly and break them loose... they are a bit tight... once the carrier is loose you can just pull the rotor off and put the new one on there... then just put the carrier back... in my case i painted my caliper and carrier black to give it a fresh look...