Re: Rear brakes hard change?
> The only problem using the 4 bolt removal system is that if you have never
> had these bolts removed and reinstalled, it will be impossible
tmaladjustment loosened without using air tools. The lower shock mounting
bolt has to be
> also removed to get proper access. I live in a province where they used
> ice melter on the roads and it rusts external car mechanical parts like
> crazy. The only way to get the fasteners undone is to use a very large
> impact gun.
> I just removed the spindle nut, and from what I found out so does most
> dealerships and brake shops. The nut can be reused 4 times. Torque is
> about 160lbs.
This argument comes up every time rear brake access is discussed! All I can
say is that I have used the 4-bolt method a number of times on both my
Focus, and on a number of Escorts (which have essentially the same brakes)
without a problem. It is the Haynes manual recommended way.
Cars with ABS need the sensor wire threaded through with a bit of care.
As a DIYer, I don't have access to any kind of impact gun. I just remove
them with a 13mm socket, short extention and ratchet - no problem!
I have never had to remove the lower shock mounting bolt - I can't see how
it is in the way unless there is a difference between US/European spec.
Removing the hub nut leaves the hub in the way, making shoe
removal/replacement much more difficult. It also runs the risk of wheel
bearing contamination or maladjusment on re-assembly.
Here in the UK salt is also used abundantly on the roads in winter but I've
never noticed it causing sufficient corrosion on fasteners such that
removal was impossible.
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