2004 Saturn L300 Q&A
2004 Saturn L300 Question: Rear disc brake pad replacement
How the heck do you replace or even remove the pads from the caliper of the rear brake system of a Saturn L-300 v6 ? I have done quite a few brake jobs and never have ran into this style of brake system. Thepads have pins going through the caliper into the pads themselves and exiting out the other side of the caliper holding the pads in place. - Dodgerman2583
Have a look at the service information available on the AutoZone website - www.autozone.com. - Russ
You actually need to remove the rear calipers to replace the brake pads. NUTS, EH? Yeah, I know. You have to remove the brake line, cap it with the cover for the bleed valve, then unbolt the caliper (two bolts), pull the caliper, remove the old pads, compress the piston back into the caliper body (i did this by hand after 135,000 miles, no sweat), then install the new pads, "spring/clip", and reinstall the caliper. I've never before had to remove a brake line and unbolt the calpier to replace brakes, and I've done ALOT of brake jobs. Thanks GM! - Visitor
Removing the caliper is totally wrong, you don't have to remove the caliper. All you need to do is get a pin punch (or if you don't have one, an awl will work in a pinch), and drive out the two pins that hold the pads in. The pins will be on the top of the caliper, and you will drive them out from the wheel side towards the middle of the car (after taking the wheel off, of course). Use a large screwdriver to gently push the old pad and caliper piston back in, take the old pad out the top of the caliper, and reverse the process to replace the pad, dropping the new pads in and re-seating the pins and the spring in between them. If by some unfortunate circumstance you bend or break the pins, you will need to replace them. - Visitor
the car has 4 wheel disc brakes, no anti lock. did the front brakes no problem but the rear pads are held in by two pins and u just slide them out. how are those pins supposed to be removed? do you...
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