How to Change the Rear Brake Pads on a 1988 Toyota MR2

Most sports cars utilize a four-wheel disc brake setup for the best possible performance under braking and the 1988 MR2 is no exception. The rear brake pads usually see the least amount of use due to the transfer of weight to the front of the vehicle in most stopping situations, but it doesn't mean this item should fall to neglect. Changing out the rear pads is a relatively quick process that you can do in as little as 45 minutes under normal conditions.

Tools Used: Lug wrench, Floor jack, Jack stands, Ratchet and socket set, Mechanic's wire, Brake caliper piston tool

Change the Rear Brake Pads

Loosen the lug nuts on the rear wheels and lift the rear of the vehicle with a floor jack. Support the rear end with jack stands. Finish removing the lug nuts and dismount the wheels from the axle.

Remove the retaining bolts on the caliper using a ratchet and socket and lift it off the brake disc. Use mechanic's wire to suspend the caliper in mid-air on a suspension component.

Remove the brake pads from the caliper bracket. Detach the retaining clips from the brake pads. Use a brake caliper piston tool to push the piston back inside the caliper.

Attach the retaining clips to the new brake pads and place the pads on the caliper bracket. Remove the mechanic's wire and slide the brake caliper over the brake disc and pads. Reinsert the retaining bolts and tighten them with the ratchet and socket.

Repeat the procedure on the other rear wheel. When finished, mount the wheels back on the axle and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground. Finish tightening the lug nuts with the lug wrench.

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