Renault Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1985 Repair Guide

Brake Pads

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Brake pads must be replaced in "axle sets". That is, never replace pads on just one side of the car. Both left and right brakes must be renewed at the same time.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



LeCar, R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini


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Fig. Fig. 1 Caliper key removal on the LeCar, R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini



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Fig. Fig. 2 Caliper being removed for access to the pads on the LeCar, R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini



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Fig. Fig. 3 Underpad spring removal for the LeCar, R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini



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Fig. Fig. 4 Proper spring clip installation on the LeCar, R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini



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Fig. Fig. 5 To replace the front brake pads, remove the caliper key (A) retaining clip ...



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Fig. Fig. 6 ... then, using a punch, tap the caliper key out of its slot



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Fig. Fig. 7 Remove the brake caliper and suspend it by a length of wire. Do not let it hang by its brake hose



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Fig. Fig. 8 Slide the outer and inner brake pads out of the caliper mounting bracket



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Fig. Fig. 9 Using an old brake pad and a C-clamp, press the caliper piston back into its bore



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Fig. Fig. 10 Don't lose these wave springs and note their position

Replacement sets should have pads marked EXT. These pads are installed on the outboard sides.

  1. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the four spring clips from the caliper.
  6.  
  7. Use a pin punch to tap out the keys.
  8.  
  9. Pull the caliper from the rotor.
  10.  
  11. Remove the pads.
  12.  
  13. Remove the springs from under the pads.
  14.  
  15. Remove about 1 / 2 of the fluid from the master cylinder reservoir.
  16.  
  17. Using a large C-clamp, push the piston completely into its bore.
  18.  
  19. Install the springs into the caliper and install the new pads. The pads must slide easily.
  20.  
  21. Installation is the reverse of removal. Use new spring clips to retain the keys. Press the pedal several times to properly adjust the pad position.
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Alliance and Encore


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Fig. Fig. 11 Unbolting the Alliance and Encore caliper with a socket (A)



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Fig. Fig. 12 If necessary, pry back on the pads to push in the caliper on Alliance and Encore models



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Fig. Fig. 13 Removing the Alliance and Encore caliper (B)



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Fig. Fig. 14 Hold the anti-rattle clip (C) against the anchor to remove the outer shoe (D)



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Fig. Fig. 15 Remove the anti-rattle clip (C), then withdraw the inboard pad on the Alliance and Encore



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Fig. Fig. 16 Lubricate the Alliance caliper and support at points (F)

  1. Remove about 2 / 3 of the fluid from the reservoir.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Remove the front wheels.
  6.  
  7. Unscrew the caliper pins and lift off the caliper. If the caliper is difficult to remove, use a screwdriver to push the caliper piston back into its bore.
  8.  
  9. Hold the anti-rattle clip against the caliper anchor plate and remove the outboard brake shoe.
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  11. Remove the inboard brake shoe and the anti-rattle clip.
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  13. If the caliper shows signs of leakage, overhaul it as described later in this section.
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  15. Lightly lubricate the sliding surfaces of the caliper anchor with lithium grease.
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  17. Installation is the reverse of removal. The split end of the anti-rattle clip faces away from the shoes. Tighten the caliper mounting bolts to 26 ft. lbs.
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R-18, Fuego and Sport Wagon


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Fig. Fig. 17 The R-18 and Fuego front brake assembly-inner pad (A), retaining clip (1), caliper key (2), anti-squeal clips (3) and warning light wire (4)



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Fig. Fig. 18 Modify the caliper key (2) by filing a chamfer (B) on one end to ease installation

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove about 1 / 2 the fluid in the reservoir.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the pad wear warning light wires.
  8.  
  9. Take out the anti-rattle clip and remove the pad retaining key.
  10.  
  11. With a screwdriver, gently pry on the outer pad between the rotor and pad to seat the caliper piston.
  12.  
  13. Pull out the pads.
  14.  
  15. If there is any sign of leakage in the caliper, remove and overhaul it at this time.
  16.  
  17. Using a large C-clamp, completely seat the piston in the caliper.
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  19. New pads should come with anti-squeal pins. If not, keep the old ones.
  20.  
  21. Position the new pads in the caliper.
  22.  
  23. It will be helpful, at this time, to file a chamfer on the leading edge of the key. This will aid installation. Install the key.
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  25. Install the clip and wire.
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  27. Push the pedal several times to properly position the pads.
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