May 6, 2010 update on 7thGear's 2003 Toyota Echo 4dr Sedan 1.5L

Replaced Brake Pads

This is the first time for me to replace brake pads and loved the experience. The caliper bolts were seized on both sides - I suspect the last shop to fix my brakes over-torqued those bolts and didn’t use anti-seize. Once I got the bolts off, the rest was pretty easy. I didn’t force brake fluid back up through the master cylinder when pushing the piston back in. Instead, I clamped the brake-line hose with vice grips (with rubber hose on the teeth). This worked really well and I suspect next time, I can do this job in under two hours or better.


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