How to Change Brake Calipers

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The first steps in changing a car's brake calipers are placing a drain pan underneath and crimping the brake line off. Remove two bolts when changing brake calipers with help from an auto mechanic in this free video on car repair and diagnostics.

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Good afternoon. My name is Tom Brintzenhofe. I'm a certified master mechanic, out of Reading, Pennsylvania, and today, I'm going to show you how to change a brake caliper, on this Mazda MPV. The first thing you want to do, is make sure you've got something underneath this, because you're going to lose some brake fluid. You don't want to stain your floor. The first thing you want to do, well, after you make sure your drain pan is underneath there, is crimp this brake line off. You don't want to put too much pressure on it, that you smash it, but just enough, that you can squeeze it together a little bit. I'm going to move this up out of my way a little bit, here,so you can see. Clamp that on there, and you'll have mainly two bolts. You can take these two bolts out. They should relatively slide up pretty easy. All you've got to do, is just pull this caliper off, take the brake line off the back side here, and like I said, you're going to lose brake fluid, but once you get this off, there's two small washers in there. Make sure you don't lose them. New calipers come with new seals, so make sure you put them in. Put your brake line on here, tighten it back down, same process, just stick it back on here. Put your bolts back on it. When you're all done, the best thing to do, is just loosen this bleeder valve up, let it set there for five or six minutes, and you'll be able to see, when the air bubbles stop coming out of this bleeder valve, right here. You want to close it, make sure everything is all buttoned back up, and you're good to go.

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