OK, first thing you need to do is confirm if you have 320mm front disc brakes. Usually they are installed on AWD 6sp transmission vehicles only, but they may be on the 6sp T5 FWD. Here are the pictures to compare the two:
Notice the red circle? This part tells you if you have 320mm brakes in the front.
Close up of front caliper:
- Lug nut wrench
- 7mm hex wrench (alen key)
- Flathead screwdriver
- Torque wrench (30Nm for 7mm hex, 80 lbft for lug nut torque)
1.) Take the wheel off (no picture)
2.) Remove the spring and save it for later. Use your flat head screwdriver and just pry it out:
3.) Remove the protective caps for the caliper bolts (x2):
4.) Remove the hex head nuts inside the protective boot. (Sorry, no picture)
5.) You may need to compress the caliper slightly while it is still on the disc to get it past the ridge on the disc. Use your large flat head screwdriver to wedge between the outer pad and the caliper. Be careful not to damage your disc if you plan to re-use it.
6.) Now that you have the caliper off, it should look something like this:
7.) Now you need to compress the piston. I couldn't get the compression tool I borrowed from autozone into the caliper. Instead, I used the old inside pad and a 6" C-clamp. You can use a larger C-clamp, but the 6" barely fit.
8.) Now it is time to replace the pads. Here is a comparison of the old vs new pads: (I know, I could have gone farther on these...)
Put the pads into the caliper and put it back on the wheel. Then, put the spring clip you took out back into place. Just hook one end then the other and you should be good:
Modified by laser8302 at 6:10 PM 6-29-2009