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    what tools will i need to change my brake pads

    which spanner and tools will i need to change brakes on my astra sri 1998 plate

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    from memory:

    Pliers to remove spring clip
    7mm allen key (preferably a socket for ease of use) to undo caliper from the caliper bracket
    you could use a wind back tool for the brake piston thingy (name ?), but I've just levered the back pad against it to push it in before
    rubber gloves to keep clean
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    Copper grease to prevent squeakings !

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    You ain't said front or back as both use different tools.

    However I presume you mean front and Coo has covered that well. Just one additional tip, don't push the piston back without releasing the bleed nipple first or you risk flipping the seal in the master cylinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oddjob View Post
    You ain't said front or back as both use different tools.

    However I presume you mean front and Coo has covered that well. Just one additional tip, don't push the piston back without releasing the bleed nipple first or you risk flipping the seal in the master cylinder.
    Whoops....guess I've been lucky !

    Will doing it that way require bleeding ?

    The way I've done it avoids bleeding.

    Certainly you should be able to push the cylinder back enough (slowly and gently) to get the outer pad off, than that gives enough room to take the caliper off and replace the inner brake pad.

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    Thought you could just pop the cap off the reservoir, instead of releasing the nipple?
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    cheers lads it was for the front

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    now im confused in the past i've never released the bleed valve i just pushed ithe thing in with my hands, if i remove the bleed nipple will i have to bleed the brakes or will it be ok

    if i have to blled the brakes whats the best way to do it on the front

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    how do i undo the caliper on a astra 1998 sri to change pads

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    undo the reservoir cap then to release any kind of pressure...

    Take spring clip off.
    Take caps of the two hex headed bolts at the back of the caliper (undo with your 7mm socket)
    That loosens the caliper.
    gently push the caliper/brake piston back to give you room to remove front outer brake pad.
    That should clear enough to get the caliper off the caliper bracket to let you remove and replace the back/inner brake pad.

    ##### Just remember to put the reservoir cap back on and pump the brake pedal a few times to get pressure back #####

    ..or you've a good chance of hitting something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coo View Post

    ..or you've a good chance of hitting something.
    You might hit something even if you did put it back,remember you have to bed them in

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