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    How To Change Front Brake Pads (Corsa B)

    Welcome to the guide on how to change the front brake pads.

    This guide was carried on on a Corsa B 1.6 Sport but will be similar for almost if not all other corsa models.

    6mm hex socket, or a 6mm alan key (socket makes the job a lot easier).
    0.5" ratchet.
    Long nose pliers.
    9mm spanner.
    Brake piston clamp.
    Brake cleaner aerosol/spray.

    Step 1
    Take the cap off your brake fluid resevoir.

    How To Change Front Brake Pads (Corsa B)-1.jpg

    Step 2
    Loosen wheel nuts.
    Jack the car up at the first corner you choose to work on and make sure it is safely supported (If you have access to ramps ignore this bit). Take the wheel off and turn the steering wheel so the front of the caliper is turned away from the car, this allows easier access to the rear of the caliper.

    Step 3
    Using the 0.5" ratchet and the 6mm hex socket (or alternatively an alan key), loosen the retaining bolts as pictured. Be careful that you only undo the two bolts that secure the pad bracket in place. The bigger bolts hold the whole caliper onto the disc.

    How To Change Front Brake Pads (Corsa B)-2.jpg

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    Step 4
    Remove the retaining clip from the front of the caliper using long nose pliers.

    How To Change Front Brake Pads (Corsa B)-4.jpg

    Step 5
    Seperate the caliper away from the disc. You may find it needs a little bit of persuasion to do this.
    Next spray the brake caliper bleed valve with wd40. Then using the Brake piston clamp on the brake piston, open up the bleed nipple and compress the brake piston back into the caliper. Once it is in enough, tighten up the brake caliper bleed valve before taking off the brake piston clamp to avoid any airbubbles being sucked into the braking system through the valve.
    You should now have your brake piston compressed nicely into the caliper.

    How To Change Front Brake Pads (Corsa B)-5.jpg

    Step 6
    Fit the new pads into place, and slide the caliper back into position over the discs.

    How To Change Front Brake Pads (Corsa B)-6.jpg

    Step 7
    Line the caliper back into place and tighten up the two securing bolts.
    Then refit the securing pin to the front of the caliper.
    Give the whole area a good blast with brake cleaner to remove any grime from the important braking area.

    How To Change Front Brake Pads (Corsa B)-7.jpg

    Repeat the process for the other side.
    Screw the brake fluid reservoir cap back on.
    Once everything is back together give the brake pedal a good few pumps just to make sure the pads settle back against the discs. A little test drive is always recommended aswell.

    You should now have some freshly fitted pads, and should of saved a few 's in garage bills.

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    Last edited by Lee; 18-07-2013 at 01:16 PM.
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