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Rear disc brakes
03-03-2012, 01:23 PM
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Rear disc brakes
I'm replacing the brake pads on the disc brakes of a 2000 Nissan Maxima and am using a Chilton repair manual. I have removed the clip to release the parking break cable but can't get the cable conector to release from the bracket so I can remove the cable. Suggestions?
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03-03-2012, 05:51 PM (This post was last modified: 03-03-2012 05:53 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: Rear disc brakes
If it's the one I am thinking of it may be easier to take the nut off that retains the parking brake lever on the caliper, remove the lever, then work the cable free of the lever out in the open where you have more room.

Normally you don't need to do this to replace the pads. If all is well internally you just spin the "puck" clockwise and it will retract. If it doesn't go in then you either need to rebuild the caliper or get remanufactured units.

BTW, Nissan recommends replacing / flushing the brake fluid every few years (2 years / 30,000 mi?) to prevent internal brake problems. My guess is that's never been done and the ratcheting device in the calipers is going to be stuck after 12 years.

Let us know how you make out.
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