Removing the Parking Brake System from the Caliper

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Learn how to remove the parking brake system from the caliper in order to change the brake pads on a car with expert automotive tips in this free online auto repair and car maintenance video clip.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace Rear Brake Pads
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MARK BLOCKER: In this segment, we're going to cover removing the rear caliper. On this model of vehicle, the rear parking brake system is integrated into the caliper. And it involves the use of a parking brake cable that actually is a lever that ratchets out the piston, the rear brake assembly, and that's how the vehicle is held by the parking brake. So, to remove it, the first thing we have the difference from front brake system is this shield. And this shield covers that lever mechanism and where the cable mounts to the caliper itself. So, first thing we have to remove is this shield. That's going to require a use for a 10mm socket ratchet. There's one bolt on the top of it. And the other bolt is kind of hard to locate. You'll have to stick your head back in and it's located down at the bottom, lower corner of the shield, and we'll get that one next. I'm going to removed the top bolt and that also has a lock washer on it. I want to make sure that's the end we keep it with it. And if you feel around the backside and all the way down to the bottom if you'll follow the shield with your hand, you'll find that other small little--it's actually a 6mm bolt with a 10mm head. And just get the socket on there, break it free, and sometimes, you have to actually crank it loose. It's easier to get to it with your fingers. There's more working room. And it's kind of inconvenient. It's tight back there. You just have to be patient. It will take a minute or so, but you'll get it. After you get that second bolt out, keeping them together and just remove the shield. It just lifts and separates, and I'm going to lay it there and put the two bolts inside of it. Okay, that will conclude part one of our removing the rear calipers. Please watch our next segment on removing calipers part two.

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