How to Replace Rear Disc Brakes in a Mazda6

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The Mazda6 is one of several vehicles manufactured with disc brakes only. This is due to the efficient stopping power disc brakes have compared to drum brakes. The Mazda6 requires a special tool referred to as 49 FA18 602, which is available for purchase at the Mazda dealership.

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Things you need

  • Torque wrench
  • Car jack
  • 2 New brake pads
  • 2 New V-springs
  • 2 New shims
  • Tool 49 FA18 602

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  1. 1

    Loosen the lug nuts of the car's rear wheels using a torque wrench, but don't fully remove the wheels.

  2. 2

    Raise the vehicle off the ground using a car jack. Support the vehicle on all sides. Remove the lug nuts completely and take off the rear wheels.

  3. 3

    Remove the parking cable clip. Take out the upper caliper bolt and turn the caliper so that it faces down.

  4. 4

    Take off the V-springs and rear disc brake pads. Separate the shims from the brake pads.

  5. 5

    Push the rear caliper pistons into the bores of the Mazda6. This requires the use of tool 49 FA18 602.

  6. 6

    Install the V-springs. Connect the new shims to the new brake pads. Install in the vehicle.

  7. 7

    Torque the caliper bolt using a torque wrench. For the basic Mazda 6 models, torque it 27 to 36 foot pounds. For the Mazda Speed 6 models, torque it 16 to 23 foot pounds. Replace the wheels.

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