How to Install the Rear Pads on a 1987 Toyota GT-S

The 1987 Toyota GT-S was ahead of its time. It wasn't until the 1990s that rear disc brakes become popular on import automobiles while disc brakes were relegated to the front of the braking system. This makes changing the rear brake pads relatively easy compared to pulling apart brake drums. You can replace the pads with basic tools, and it should only take about 10 minutes per side to do.

Tools Used: Tire iron, Jack, Jack stand, Socket set, Pliers

Install the Rear Pads

Pop the hood and remove the cap from the master cylinder located on the driver's side firewall.

Place a jack under the frame directly in front of the driver's side rear wheel. Loosen the lug nuts with a tire iron then raise the Toyota with a jack until you can place a jack stand under the frame. Lower the GT-S onto the jack stand. Remove the lug nuts and pull the wheel off the hub.

Remove the two bolts that secure the brake caliper to the axle housing with a socket and ratchet. Pull the caliper off the rotor.

Position a pair of pliers onto the rear brake pad and squeeze the piston into the caliper.

Pull the brake pads out of the caliper and place the new pads inside the caliper.

Hold the pads in place and slide the caliper back onto the rotor.

Secure the caliper with the two bolts, using the socket and ratchet.

Remount the wheel onto the wheel studs and tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron.

Raise the Toyota with the jack, remove the jack stand and lower the vehicle to the ground. Double-check the lug nuts for tightness then repeat the process with the other rear brake.

Close the lid on the master cylinder.

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