DIY: Brake Job – Rear –

I make this DIY in two sections. I made it step by step, and there are a lot of pictures. (Go to “DIY:Brake Job – Front –“)

* About Brake Grease: I bought the CRC’s regular brake grease, and found it gets dried over time and seize the caliper pin. Was recommended to try the one without carbon, Verachem Synthetic Caliper Grease, so I’m giving it a try.

Centric High Carbon Brake Rotor & StopTech Street Performance Pads. For RX8 w/ Sports Suspension,  125.45071(Rotors) & 309.10090(Pads) for Front. 125.45072 (Rotors) & 309.10080 (Pads) for Rear
Centric High Carbon Brake Rotor & StopTech Street Performance Pads.
For RX8 w/ Sports Suspension,
125.45071(Rotors) & 309.10090(Pads) for Front.
125.45072 (Rotors) & 309.10080 (Pads) for Rear

Things yon need for the Front Brake job:
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  • Parts:
  • Tools:
    • Disc Brake Piston Retractor
    • 14mm Socket
    • Breaker bar
    • Ratcheting handle
    • Wire Brush
    • Paper Towel / Shop Towel
    • Old toothbrush
Loosen 4 bolts holding Caliper and Caliper Bracket  with Breaker Bar.
Loosen 4 bolts holding Caliper and Caliper Bracket with Breaker Bar.
2 14mm bolts on caliper.  just loosen.
2 14mm bolts on caliper. just loosen.
2 14mm bolts on Caliper bracket.
2 14mm bolts on Caliper bracket.
Loosen, and then remove them.
Loosen, and then remove them.
Tie Caliper / Caliper Bracket on suspension to keep it out of your way.
Tie Caliper / Caliper Bracket on suspension to keep it out of your way.
Find a bolt that matches the screw hole on the rotor.  As you screw in the bolt, your rotor will pop off from the hub.
Find a bolt that matches the screw hole on the rotor. As you screw in the bolt, your rotor will pop off from the hub.
Remove old pads off of the caliper.  Then remove the bolts holding caliper on caliper bracket.
Remove old pads off of the caliper. Then remove the bolts holding caliper on caliper bracket.
Clean the caliper bracket using brake cleaner, wire brush, and toothbrush, then grease up using the brake grease (without carbon one)
Clean the caliper bracket using brake cleaner, wire brush, and toothbrush, then grease up using the brake grease (without carbon one)
Remove the caliper pin, clean and re-grease.
Remove the caliper pin, clean and re-grease.
Clean up and re-grease where the brake pads seat
Clean up and re-grease where the brake pads seat
Clean the hub using brake cleaner, scrub with wire brush, then apply metal protector to keep it from rusting.  (though it will rust anyways, it make me feel better doing so...)
Clean the hub using brake cleaner, scrub with wire brush, then apply metal protector to keep it from rusting. (though it will rust anyways, it make me feel better doing so…)
Clean the caliper, especially the rubber boot, remove brake dust, and then apply lubricant (I use teflon lubricant, but anything safe on rubber would work)
Clean the caliper, especially the rubber boot, remove brake dust, and then apply lubricant (I use teflon lubricant, but anything safe on rubber would work)
Use universal brake caliper cube tool (!?) to push the piston back (use the side with 4 tub)
Use Disc Brake Piston Retractor to push the piston back (use the side with 4 tub)
Be very careful not to twist the boot.  slowly at first with plenty of lube until it start spinning.  Then push firmly while turning the piston.
Be very careful not to twist the boot. slowly at first with plenty of lube until it start spinning. Then push firmly while turning the piston.
Place the new Brake Rotor.  Use lug nuts to hold it in place.
Place the new Brake Rotor. Use lug nuts to hold it in place.
Put the caliper bracket back on.  If the brake grease get on the rotor, wash off with brake cleaner.
Put the caliper bracket back on. If the brake grease get on the rotor, wash off with brake cleaner.
Place new brake pads, then apply brake grease on the back of pads where caliper and caliper piston contact.
Place new brake pads, then apply brake grease on the back of pads where caliper and caliper piston contact.
put the brake caliper back on, and tighten all 4 bolts.
put the brake caliper back on, and tighten all 4 bolts.

That’s all for the Rear Brake.
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