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Im changing rear brake pads on a 2005 Kia Spectra 5 and when

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I'm changing rear brake pads on a 2005 Kia Spectra 5 and when I go to turn the calipers so I can put them on the new pads they are not going back. Any suggestions
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Rich replied 8 years ago.

Hi Alpaca,

To get these pistons in all the way you not only have to turn them in but also push at the same time. There is a special tool for rear disc brakes that is sold at most auto parts stores. You are on the right track by turning them in but if you are not pushing them in at the same time like you would do on the front ones they will not go all the way in and you could damage them inside . I am going to try and send the KIA service manual procedure with this post but because of copy rights sometimes they won`t copy, hopefully it comes through.


Best of luck,



1.Remove parking cable and clip.
2.Remove brake hose connecting bolt from caliper.
3.Clamp rear brake hose.
4.Remove two lock bolts from caliper.
5.Remove caliper from rotor.
6.Remove two V-springs from disc pads.
7.Remove disc pads, shims and guide plates.
8.Remove two bolts from the mounting support.
9.Remove the mounting support from rear wheel spindle.
1.Disc pad thickness.

Specified thickness: 0.37 in (10 mm) Minimum: 0.079 in (2 mm)
2.Disc plate.

Runout Maximum: 0.0039 in (0.08 mm) Thickness Specified thickness: 0.4 in (10 mm) Minimum: 0.32 in (8 mm)
1.Position mounting support on rear wheel spindle and install two mounting support bolts.

Tightening torque: 33~49 lb-ft (45~67 N·m, 4.6~6.8 kg-m)
2.Insert guide plate in mounting support.
3.Install disc pads and shim out of disc plate, and secure disc pads with V-springs. insert disc pads into brake caliper.

5.Tighten two brake caliper lock bolts.

Tightening torque: 22~29 lb-ft (29~39 N·m, 3.0~4.0 kg-m)
6.Connect brake hose with caliper and install connecting bolt.

Tightening torque: 16~22 lb-ft (22~29 N·m, 2.2~3.0 kg-m)
7.Install parking cable in clip and caliper.
8.Bleed brakes.
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