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    Quote Originally Posted by ZRX61 View Post
    Apparently with the newer ones in the US it somehow involves having to pull the entire frigging axle. Altho that may be swapping out the rotors.
    Luckily mines OLD!! And if I can end up with Transit minibuses, they will be looked after by the garage!! LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by KungFooBob View Post
    Axle stands if you can.

    You need the handbrake off to do the rears, the video suggests you put bricks behind the wheels as chocks, which is good advice too.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kneerly Down View Post
    If you are borrowing a trolley jack, borrow axle stand(s) as well.
    At the very least, place the wheel you take off (and spare wheel) under the sill.
    I wouldn't ever want to get under a vehicle that isn't properly supported by axle stands.
    Quote Originally Posted by cheb View Post
    As well as the above, you might need a wire brush/scraper/hammer to get the rust out from the mounting slots. If you don't the anti rattle clips can be difficult to refit, and if you don't refit them the brakes will rattle alarmingly. I usually use a pin scaler.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kneerly Down View Post
    I find needle files good for that...sometimes need to also take paint off the 'tabs' on cheaper brands but now generally insist on Ferodo or (genuine!) Brembo...Pagid seem pretty decent most of the time also.
    Quote Originally Posted by DefTrap View Post
    Cheaper good stuff is pagid or mintex.

    Typically I wire brush the hell out of the calipers and use copper grease on the caliper slots and on the pad backs.

    Ok -

    Trolley jack - can borrow
    Axle Stands - not sure
    Wire brush/scraper/hammer - ummm, have a very small hammer - can't weild it as a lefty and probably not with the duff arm
    Pin scaler - Huh??
    Needle files - ??
    Copper Grease - Woohoooo!! LOL


    Looking at this and the lack of strength/abillity in the dominant arm I messaged a mechanic a friend used last month. Now going to resend in French after he replied and hopefully he can do my van brakes and also my mates exhaust and Cat on her Audi S3!! LOL


    Thanx for all the info. I have a flat area undercover to work in (underground car park!) but TBH, the more I've read about the things I need and the video - there isn't a hope in hell I can achieve this and no point starting if I end up not being able to use the van!! The Front brakes I am pretty sure I could have done, Bt the rear seems less simple?


    Oh well - nice Idea!!

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    Default Re: Mk7 Transit rear brake pads

    The only tricky thing really is winding in the pistons, and with and even that is easy enough with, say:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/22PCS-Uni...t/264388326411

    but it's a wise person who doesn't start a job when they know there's a 'good' chance they might not be able to finish.

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    Default Re: Mk7 Transit rear brake pads

    I prefer to use the cube when rewinding brakes and muscle them in;



    But then that's because I can muscle them in and didn't get on with the proper 'universal' rewind tools

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    Default Re: Mk7 Transit rear brake pads

    I used one of these



    It got stuck (wouldn't wind out) on the caliper fist time I had to use it and I had to angle grind it off.

    I intended to try and weld it up but TBH I've used it on subsequent jobs with just the end bit which slots into my 1/2" ratchet and it works ok. You can probably wind pistons in with an angle grinder spanner if it's not too sticky.

    Totally agree about using axle stands - even WITH them it still gives me the windys for 10 minutes if I have to crawl under until I pull myself together and get on with it. I helped my neighbour do his pads and he had his car jacked on just the shitty boot scissor jack - fook that, I had one pop on me before, never again. Trolley jack and stands every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noggin View Post
    Trolley jack
    Axle Stands
    Wire brush
    hammer
    Copper Grease
    Plus
    Silicon grease for any slide pins (as copper won't really do)
    Lever (big old screwdriver) - to lever off the caliper
    Socket set / allen keys (not too sure about the specifics you need for the van)

    Big glass of beer for after

    Like KD said - just be aware that a pad job can easily turn into a caliper rebuild job, caliper replacement, disc replacement etc so it might be worth having a really really good look first before diving in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DefTrap View Post
    Plus
    Silicon grease for any slide pins (as copper won't really do)
    Lever (big old screwdriver) - to lever off the caliper
    Socket set / allen keys (not too sure about the specifics you need for the van)

    Big glass of beer for after

    Like KD said - just be aware that a pad job can easily turn into a caliper rebuild job, caliper replacement, disc replacement etc so it might be worth having a really really good look first before diving in.

    I've those bits. But no windy thing and almost certainly a lack of ability. Half use and no strength in the right arm is likely to be a massive issue for this job, so I'll just have to get someone else to do it. Hey ho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noggin View Post
    I've those bits. But no windy thing and almost certainly a lack of ability. Half use and no strength in the right arm is likely to be a massive issue for this job, so I'll just have to get someone else to do it. Hey ho
    And there is a good chance the wheel nuts will be f tight.....you are in the wrong set of mountains, or I would have volunteered.

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    Default Re: Mk7 Transit rear brake pads

    Also IIRC one piston has a RH thread, the other a LH thread, can't remember which side is which.

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