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    Special tools for brakes?

    I'm gona be fitting new discs and pads front and rear later and I'm just wondering if I need any special tools or bits or can it be done with socket set/screwdrivers etc etc.? Thanks in advance.

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    the front you dont
    (apart from a t20 or t25 - i believe for the front discs)

    the rears you will need a windback tool as its connected to the handbrake.
    Lazer do one in Halfords for about £20

    comes in handy with the fronts too if they the pads are really low.

    IIRC the caliper carrier is a 18mm bolt

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    Erm you do need a 7mm allen key for the front, which doesn't normally come in a 'normal' socket set.

    for the rears just use a pair of pin nosed pliers to wind it back in.

    MAKE SURE you undo the bleed nipple on the calipers before pushing the pistons back for two reasons:

    a)it makes it easier to push the pistons back/wind the piston in.
    b)stops any possibility of pushing the seal back the wrong way in the master cylinder which is a really bad thing.

    top the fluid back up, bleed the brakes, job done. it's pretty straight forward.

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    When you say wind it back in? Does it need screwed back in or just pushed back? Is it left or right hand thread if it needs screwed. I've not done rear discs and pads before.

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    On the rear it needs to be screwed back in.

    You will need a female torx set as well for something, think its the rear carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylB View Post

    b)stops any possibility of pushing the seal back the wrong way in the master cylinder which is a really bad thing.
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    Why is it a bad thing if this happens?

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