Subaru Car 1998-05

Brake Pads

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove a small portion of brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheels.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the caliper lever, if equipped.
  8.  
  9. Remove the lock pin bolts from the lower portion of the caliper.
  10.  
  11. Swing the caliper upward to access the pads.
  12.  
  13. Remove the disc brake pads.
  14.  

To install:


NOTE
If equipped with a parking brake, use a suitable tool to rotate the piston back into the caliper bore.

  1. Compress the caliper pistons.
  2.  
  3. Install the new pads into the caliper bracket, being sure all shims and clips are in their original positions.
  4.  
  5. Swing the caliper down into position and install the lock pin bolts. Tighten the lock pin bolt to 12-17 ft. lbs. (16-24 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Reconnect the parking brake cable, and install the wheels.
  8.  

1997 Models


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Fig. Rear caliper and pad assembly-1997 Legacy and Impreza

Rear caliper and pad assembly-1997 Legacy and Impreza

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Fig. Rear caliper and pad assembly-SVX

Rear caliper and pad assembly-SVX

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Fig. Rear caliper assembly-1997 Legacy

Rear caliper assembly-1997 Legacy

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Fig. Use a C-clamp to compress the piston slightly into the caliper bore (1997)

Use a C-clamp to compress the piston slightly into the caliper bore (1997)

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Fig. Loosen and remove the caliper lower retainer bolt (1997)

Loosen and remove the caliper lower retainer bolt (1997)

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Fig. Lift the caliper up to access the pads (1997)

Lift the caliper up to access the pads (1997)

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Fig. Slide the outer pad out . . .

Slide the outer pad out . . .

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Fig. . . . and remove the backing plate (1997)

. . . and remove the backing plate (1997)

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Fig. Remove the pad retainer clips from the bracket and inspect (1997)

Remove the pad retainer clips from the bracket and inspect (1997)
WARNING
Before beginning the procedure, determine whether your vehicle is equipped with a rear parking brake assembly. If equipped with rear parking brakes, only compress the piston slightly, or the piston screw could be damaged.

  1. Make sure the parking brake is disengaged.
  2.  
  3. Remove a small portion of brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir.
  4.  
  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  6.  
  7. Remove the wheel assembly.
  8.  
  9. Use a C-clamp to compress the piston into the caliper bore.
    NOTE
    If your vehicle is equipped with rear parking brakes, compress the piston only slightly.

  10.  
  11. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the caliper lever.
  12.  
  13. Remove the lock pin bolts from the lower portion of the caliper.
  14.  
  15. Swing the caliper upward to access the pads.
  16.  
  17. Remove the brake disc pads, noting the position of the backing plates and retainer clips.
    NOTE
    If equipped with a parking brake, use a suitable tool to rotate the piston back into the caliper bore.

  18.  

To install:

  1. Inspect the brake rotor, caliper and retaining components. Correct as necessary.
  2.  
  3. Install the new pads into the caliper, being sure all shims and clips are in their original positions.
  4.  
  5. Swing the caliper down into position and install the lock pin bolts. Tighten the lock pin bolt to the following specifications:

    Legacy and Impreza-12-17 ft. lbs. (16-24 Nm).
     
    SVX-12-17 ft. lbs. (16-24 Nm).
     

  6.  
  7. The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten each component to specifications. Perform the same to the opposite side.
  8.  
  9. Fill the master cylinder reservoir. Bleed the brakes as required and lower the vehicle. Road test the vehicle.
  10.  

1998-04 Models
Except WRX
  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheels
     
    Small portion of brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir
     
    Parking brake cable from the caliper lever, if equipped
     
    Lock pin bolts from the lower portion of the caliper
     
    Caliper by swinging it upward to access the pads
     
    Disc brake pads
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Compress the caliper pistons.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    New pads into the caliper brackets, being sure all shims and clips are in their original positions
     
    Caliper down into position and install the lock pin bolts. Tighten the lock pin bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
     
    Parking brake cable
     
    Wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder, pump the brake pedal several times to seat the brakes before attempting to move the vehicle and road test the vehicle.
  6.  

WRX
  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Portion of brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir
     
    Wheels
     
    Lock pin bolts from the lower portion of the caliper
     
    Caliper upward to access the pads
     
    Disc brake pads
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Compress the caliper piston.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    New pads into the caliper bracket, being sure all shims and clips are in their original positions
     
    Caliper down into position and install the lock pin bolts. Tighten the lock pin bolt to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
     
    Wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder, pump the brake pedal several times to seat the brakes before attempting to move the vehicle and road test the vehicle.
  6.  

2005 Models
Impreza & WRX
  1. Loosen the wheel nuts.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  6.  
  7. Remove the tire and wheel.
  8.  
  9. On 14 inch type, remove the lower caliper bolt. Raise the caliper body upward and support it. Do not disconnect the fluid line.
  10.  
  11. On 15 inch type, remove the -M- clip. Remove the pad pins and cross spring. Expand the pads and then push the piston back.
  12.  
  13. On 17 inch type, remove the clip. Remove the pad pins and cross spring. Expand the pads and then push the piston back.
  14.  
  15. Remove the disc brake pads. On 15 inch type also remove the shims.
  16.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. On 14 inch wheel, apply a thin coat of Molykote AS-880N (part number K0779YA010) or equivalent to the frictional portion between the pad and pad clip.
  4.  
  5. On 15 and 17 inch types, apply a thin coat of Molykote AS-880N (part number K0779YA010) or equivalent to the frictional portion between the pad and pad inner shim.
  6.  
  7. Check the brake fluid level, correct as required.
  8.  
  9. Bleed the hydraulic system, as required.
  10.  

Legacy, Outback & Baja
  1. Loosen the wheel nuts.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  6.  
  7. Remove the tire and wheel.
  8.  
  9. Remove the caliper bolt. Do not disconnect the fluid line.
  10.  
  11. Remove the disc brake pads.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. Apply a thin coat of Molykote M7439 (part number 003602001) or equivalent to the pad clip.
  4.  
  5. Apply a thin coat of Molykote AS-880N (part number K0779YA010) or equivalent to the contact surface between the pad and shim.
  6.  
  7. Check the brake fluid level, correct as required.
  8.  
  9. Bleed the hydraulic system, as required.
  10.  

Except Wrx
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheels
     
    Small portion of brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir
     
    Parking brake cable from the caliper lever, if equipped
     
    Lock pin bolts from the lower portion of the caliper
     
    Caliper by swinging it upward to access the pads
     
    Disc brake pads
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Compress the caliper pistons.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    New pads into the caliper brackets, being sure all shims and clips are in their original positions
     
    Caliper down into position and install the lock pin bolts. Tighten the lock pin bolts to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
     
    Parking brake cable
     
    Wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder, pump the brake pedal several times to seat the brakes before attempting to move the vehicle and road test the vehicle.
  6.  

Wrx
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Portion of brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir
     
    Wheels
     
    Lock pin bolts from the lower portion of the caliper
     
    Caliper upward to access the pads
     
    Disc brake pads
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Compress the caliper piston.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    New pads into the caliper bracket, being sure all shims and clips are in their original positions
     
    Caliper down into position and install the lock pin bolts. Tighten the lock pin bolt to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
     
    Wheels
     

  4.  
  5. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder, pump the brake pedal several times to seat the brakes before attempting to move the vehicle and road test the vehicle.
  6.  

 
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