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Early 80's Subarus, are the brakes harder to replace than other cars?
Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:22 PM
I'm curious what subaru owners think. If you are a subaru repair expert, was it that way the very first time you replaced your front wheel brake pads on an early 80's subaru?
Those of you who have mechanics replace your brake pads, have they ever commented on the difficulty of doing a brake job on an 81 subaru or early 80's subaru front wheel drive?
Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:27 PM
Since RWD cars do not have front CV's, i could see how it would be a little easier to replace things like pads and rotors. But doing any work on a subie is simple... a qualified mechanic shouldnt be complaining about it.
Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:28 PM
other than that general rotor and pads are fairly straight forward and shouldn't differ too much. some people feel like complaining about how hard something is will make you feel better when you see the big bill.
Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:52 PM
WAY BACK WHEN, when front disk brakes were relatively rare (early '70s), the rationale for not having front disk brakes was that brake pads were difficult to replace. Well, that bias dissolved with the onslaught of Japanese imports with superior brakes.
Then, the argument against rear disk brakes was that you couldn't put a parking brake on disk brakes (Corvette used a separate drum for the parking brake, IIRC). Multiple imports proved that to be BS.
Every true advance that I have seen over the years was argued against as not workable, too complicated, or too hard to work on. What it all boiled down to was CHANGE, and peoples' natural resistance to change and fear of the unknown/unfamiliar.
If you have ever had to redo a dual leading shoe drum brake with automatic adjusters, you will not believe how dirt-simple disk brakes are. Changing pads on a properly designed disk is simplicity incarnate. (My Aerostar, however, seems to have been designed by people that slept through Elegant Design 101.) Rotors on front-drive cars can seem more difficult to do, as many require removing the axle nut, and visions of dealing with huge fasteners and bearings and grease and preload and stuff frightens people off, even though most of the above does not really apply.
Other than the rust and dirt that grossgary pointed out (common to older vehicles regardless of make) there is nothing difficult in doing front brakes on a Sube.
Posted 23 August 2005 - 12:56 PM
screw the automatic adjuster in before you install new pads.
(i would much rather have the ebrake on the rear wheels, but saab did the same thing so im used to it)
on older rear wheel drive cars, the front discs were easier than drum because there was no springs and levers to fiddle with. you just used a C clamp to push
the piston back into the caliper and you were ready. the ebrake was in the rear drums.
Posted 23 August 2005 - 01:18 PM
It could have been a tactic for charging more, but nobody ever did charge me more because of it.
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