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Changing rear pads (98 mk4 golf GTi, 9mm x 232mm discs, non vented)

Need to do this fairly soon.

Reading the haynes manual description, it seems fairly straight forward, but the thing that worries me slightly is..

1. Pushing the piston back into the caliper safely (probably won't have the rewind tool).

2. Adjusting the handbrake.

Caliper rewind. Can I just do this by twisting the piston as I push it, as the haynes manual seems to suggest ?

Handbrake adjustment. You have to adjust it underneath the rear ashtray, {I think where the cable splits into two separate parts, one for each rear wheel/caliper I guess}, is this easy to do ? Or shall I just get it done as near as possible to what the haynes manual says, then drop it down my local vw specialists the following morning (plan on doing it on a sunday and take it down there {1/2 mile from my house} on the monday morning for them to double check it's all okay)

With the handbrake cable.. you leave the handbrake off, (thereby leaving slack in the cable) then the clip or fixing on the end of the cable can be pulled away to clear the holder on the back of the caliper, then released, right ?

Any info, tips or guides gratefully accepted !
 

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I tried using the tool from my angle grinder turned the piston fine but couldn't get enough pressure to push it back in (tried for a good 10 mins on both sides) nipped to helfrauds bought a caliper windback tool 19.99 job done in a couple of mins. I didn't adjust the handbrake just unclipped the cable from the mechanism on the caliper then connected it back up.
 

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Handbrake shouldn't really need adjusting. as you are not altering the position of the caliper. Im pretty sure the rear brakes are hydraulic operated, Though ive not really played with them, Just unclipped the cables to remove the rear beam.

Unlike on a car with Drums on the back as the linings wear out the handbrake needs to be adjusted to compensate.
 

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Haven't read the Haynes, so don't know if it says this; but remember to take the top off the brake fluid reservoir before you wind the piston back in, to alleviate the pressure build-up of the brake fluid.

ps No need to worry about the handbrake.

pps Think you can pick those tools up off ebay for under a tenner, but if you're in a rush, then get one from your local car spares shop (or Halfrauds as a last resort!). [;)]
 

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Handbrake shouldn't really need adjusting. as you are not altering the position of the caliper. Im pretty sure the rear brakes are hydraulic operated, Though ive not really played with them, Just unclipped the cables to remove the rear beam.

Unlike on a car with Drums on the back as the linings wear out the handbrake needs to be adjusted to compensate.
Hmm, i'll be altering the position of the piston in the caliper though won't I ? Yeah, they are. Well on mine at least.
 

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It'll be fine

P.s do you want your wheel back ! lol !
I do.. yeah I thought about that t'other day mate.. sorry that was at the southend cruise in june wasn't it ! might be round the M25 the back end of this month perhaps I can meet up with you then ? Will drop you a text when I know where I am and what date.
 

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It'll be fine

P.s do you want your wheel back ! lol !
I do.. yeah I thought about that t'other day mate.. sorry that was at the southend cruise in june wasn't it ! might be round the M25 the back end of this month perhaps I can meet up with you then ? Will drop you a text when I know where I am and what date.

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With regard to pushing the piston back, I would recommend using a correct wind back tool rather than something makeshift.

I have this Draper set, and would highly recommend it. If you intend doing your own brakes for a few years, it is well worth the £40 outlay. There are various different sizes for every piston eventuality.

http://www.tooled-up.com/Product.asp?PID=15478&MAN=Draper-Expert-Quality-Brake-Caliper-Wind-Back-Tool-Kit
Good Lord .. "02 Bora" now there's a name I haven't seen round these parts for a while.. hi Marc !

That is a great kit but i'm trying to do this on a bit of a shoestring what with job situations and money being a bit crap at the mo.. so this is more my price range really.. http://www.tooled-up.com/Product.asp?PID=16507&MAN=Draper-3-8-inch-Square-Drive-Brake-Caliper-Wind-Back-Cube sure that'd work okay, I guess ?
 

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use a g-clamp and a block of wood works a treat.  You don't even really need the block of wood.  Just keeping winding it.  I've used this method for about 10 sets of front & rear pads and it works a treat
 

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you can borrow mine if you want, means using a bit of petrol to meet though, where you working?
Well, Still at Pfizer til early November, then i'm out on me ear ! *sob* hehe.. unless I get summink else here. Anyway, I intended to do my pads in a coupla weekends time, but that will be before i'm up round your neck of the woods. I'll let you know either way though mate..
 
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