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This is a discussion on Changing brake pads on WRX within the Maintenance, service, and repair forums, part of the Tutorials & DIY category; if you're changing just the pads, you shouldn't have to bleed the breaks. As I mentioned earlier, I just used ...

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    if you're changing just the pads, you shouldn't have to bleed the breaks. As I mentioned earlier, I just used a lug wrench to work the pistons back. when you pull off the old pads, there should be two plates on the back and a clip on the side. Those are the parts you need. you can just take them off and clean 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexinfx
    oh and my pads just came w just the brake pads...is there anything i need to purchase to do this???
    As jojotherider mentioned, you'll want to re-use those plates. You'll also want to re-use your pad clips. Since you only got the new pads, basically the only parts you should be tossing are the old pads themselves. To help prevent future noise issues, be sure to clean and re-grease your parts.

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    You also want to make sure you unscrew the brake fluid reservoir....or when compressing the piston you will have a bear of a time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by unstpble
    You also want to make sure you unscrew the brake fluid reservoir....or when compressing the piston you will have a bear of a time!
    I didn't do this and didn't have a problem. It's a good idea if you do have a problem though.
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    so glad i didnt have to bleed the brakes!!! i just took the end of my wrench and shoved each piston in

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJSubieTech
    If you mean the bolts that mount the caliper to the knuckle (the 17s) they are 59 ft-lbs. If you mean the slide bolts (the 14s) they are 19.5 ft-lbs.

    As of the 2004 model year, the correct torque specs are:

    2.5RS
    Front Caliper Slide Bolt (14mm): 27.5 ft-lb
    Front Caliper Support Bracket Bolt (17mm): 59 ft-lb
    Rear Caliper Slide Bolt (14mm): 27.5 ft-lb
    Rear Caliper Support Bracket Bolt (17mm): 38.3 ft-lb
    WRX
    Front Caliper Slide Bolt (14mm): 13 ft-lb
    Front Caliper Support Bracket Bolt: 59 ft-lb
    Rear Caliper Slide Bolt (14mm): 27.4 ft-lb
    Rear Caliper Support Bracket Bolt (17mm): 38.3 ft-lb


    Source: 2004 Factory Service Manual

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    Pace, I don't mean to resurrect this thread from the dead, but I just replaced my front brake pads using this guide and it actually works. I know it sounds funny, but I have the mechanical aptitude of a drunken badger. The WRX is truly an amazing car. It's the only one where I have been able to do all my own maintenance and repairs except for my clutch replacement. Great car to be learning all this with, even if I am picking it up a little late. Kudos, Pace, and thank you again.
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    Great guide. I will certainly use it to change my brake pads.

    Question: If I wanted to change out my brake fluid for a different kind of fluid, what is the best way to do that?

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    There's a tutorial on Scooby Mods or Club WRX for this, but:

    Buy a different colored fluid.

    Empty the brake fluid resivour.

    Fill with new fluid.

    Bleed brakes in the prescribed order until new color flows from calipers.

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    Seems simple enough. What's the capacity of a WRX brake system? How much brake fluid am I looking at purchasing? Sorry, I know I can just look it up. But if you know, I appreciate it!!

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    if you're going to get ATE super blue, one container is more than enough.
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    go f*** yourself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnyfilmboy
    Seems simple enough. What's the capacity of a WRX brake system? How much brake fluid am I looking at purchasing? Sorry, I know I can just look it up. But if you know, I appreciate it!!
    Right about 16 fl. oz.

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    is changing the brakes on an sti similar to a wrx or is there things to watch out for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hytek714
    is changing the brakes on an sti similar to a wrx or is there things to watch out for
    its about the same in any car with disc brakes.
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    If I recall correctly, the STi brake pads are removed/inserted through the side of the caliper, so the install is nothing like this tutorial. There's a video of the process on HSPN

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