saturn l300 rear disc brakes on 2001 Saturn L300

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 cut them? on one end there is a hole where you can tap on the pin, do you bang on them front that end until they slide out?

by in Kearny, NJ on June 04, 2011
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ANSWER by , June 04, 2011
REAR DISC BRAKES REAR PADS REMOVAL CAUTION: MAKE SURE VEHICLE IS PROPERLY SUPPORTED AND SQUARELY POSITIONED ON THE HOIST. TO HELP AVOID PERSONAL INJURY WHEN A VEHICLE IS ON A HOIST, PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE VEHICLE ON THE OPPOSITE END FROM WHICH COMPONENTS ARE BEING REMOVED. Raise vehicle on hoist. Remove rear wheel and tire assemblies. Drive out brake pad retaining pins from outside-to-inside, remove pins and retaining spring. Remove brake pads. Inspect: Brake pad retaining pins for deterioration or damage. If damaged, replace. Brake pad retaining spring for deterioration or damage. If damaged, replace. Brake caliper piston seal for leakage or damage. If damaged, overhaul caliper. INSTALLATION IMPORTANT: Never replace brake pads on one side of axle only. Left and right side brake pads must be replaced only as axle sets. Install new brake pads into caliper. Apply small amount of silicone grease to retaining pins. IMPORTANT: Check to ensure brake pads move freely in guide. Install brake pad retaining spring, and drive brake pad retaining pins in from inside outward. NOTICE: Before installing wheels, remove rust or corrosion from wheel mounting surfaces and brake rotors. Failure to do so can cause wheel bolts to loosen in service. Position wheel and tire assembly onto hub. Install wheel bolts and tighten in a star pattern. 5.1 Hand tighten all five wheel bolts. 5.2 Use a torque wrench to tighten wheel bolts using a star pattern. Torque: Wheel Bolts (Initial Torque): 63 Nm (46 ft. lbs.) 5.3 Use a torque wrench to final tighten wheel bolts using a star pattern Torque: Wheel Bolts (Final Torque): 125 Nm (92 ft. lbs.) Lower vehicle from hoist. CAUTION: IF THIS OPERATION IS NOT CARRIED OUT, BRAKES WILL NOT OPERATE PROPERLY DURING INITIAL BRAKE APPLICATIONS. Prior to operating vehicle, depress brake a few times until brake pads are seated against rotor. yes, drive out the pins. Roy