How do I Change Brakes on a Mazada B2200?

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In an aging truck like a Mazada B2200, maintenance is a fact of life. One of the most common repair tasks on any vehicle is changing the brake pads. Failing to do so in a timely manner can ruin the rotors, the calipers, and make your car unable to stop when needed. Fortunately for the do-it-yourself mechanic, in a Mazda B2200, this task isn't that difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor jack
  • Two jack stands
  • Tire iron or four-way
  • Ratchet set
  • Turkey baster or syringe
  • New brake pads
  • New shims
  • Brake fluid
  • Slide a floor jack under the frame of your B2200, then jack it up on one side. Place a jack stand under the frame, then do the same on the other side.

  • Remove the lug bolts on the tires with a tire iron or four way.

  • Pull the tire off and set it aside.

  • Take the lower lock pin bolt off of the caliper with a ratchet.

  • Pop out the old brake pads and shims by hand.

  • Open the hood of your truck and remove the cap on the master cylinder reservoir. The reservoir is white and squarish, and is found on the top of the engine on the driver's side.

  • Remove half of the fluid from the reservoir using a turkey baster or syringe.

  • Put the seat of a c-clamp against the caliper piston and tighten it until it's all the way to the bottom of its bore.

  • Put the new brake pads and shims into the caliper, where the old ones came from. This can be accomplished by hand.

  • Follow the directions in reserve for reassembly.

  • Top off the fluid in the master cylinder reservoir with brake fluid, then replace the cap.

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