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I do know how to "turn a screw driver", so I am not that unexperienced with be a handy man, but have never really looked at brakes before.

If I never changed brake pads before, and my skills working on a car are pretty much limited to removing a wheel, would I be able to replace brake pads myself?

What tools would I need?
 

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Shouldn't be too hard. Try finding someone in your region to lend a hand or some experience!
 

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Screwdriver
Pliers
Piece of wood sheet approx 2.5"x.5" wide (to pry calipers open when you remove brakepads)
Metric Wrench (for front pads) 12~15MM.

Rears are simple. You need to remove a pin at the end of a rod that holds the spring for the pads in place. Then manage to push the spring in at the bottom of it with a flat screwdriver. Remove the rod. Remove the pads. Clean the calipers from debris. Put sheet of wood between calipers and pry them to open up more (new pads are thicker).

For front pads, turn steering wheel the opposite side of the pads you're working on for easy access. Remove top screw that holds calipers in place. Use 12? mm wrench. The caliper should be held by the bottom screw now. You can just turn the whole assembly to access the pads. Be careful not to turn it too far not to sever the brake line. You can either secure it one way or another, or just remove the bottom screw, remove the whole assembly and place it somewhere out of the way on the axle, minding the brakeline.
Slide out the brake pads. Clean calipers from debris. Repeat the moving calipers apart procedure.

The rest you should be able to figure out yourself.
Hope it helps. 8)
 

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Why do you use wood to pry the calipers open. Try using a C clamp next time.
 

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14mm i believe
 

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BossMan said:
Why do you use wood to pry the calipers open. Try using a C clamp next time.
You're right. I used a piece of wood for the rear. :oops:
Later I used the clamp, as you mentioned, for the front. :)
 

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