Pictures of how I fixed the brakes on the Subaru Legacy Outback.
Brakes are weak. Not necessarily spongy or air in the lines, just weak brakes.
New brake pads should fix that.
Also I might as well bleed the brakes and put in new brake fluid while I'm in there.
First I did the usual things with wheel chocks, breaker bars, jackstands, that sort of thing.
Can you see how much brake pad is left? Neither can I.
But the brakes are weak and there's a little squeak, so good bet they need changing.
A bit of WD-40 on the bolt that holds the brake slave cylinder in place.
With that one bolt off, the slave cylinder rotates up and out of the way.
On the rear, I hooked a wrench to the bolt that holds on the brake hose, and propped up the cylinder.
On the front, I used a big wrench to prop up the dual slave cylinders.
Here's the used up rear brake pad.
And the used front.
I got $100 worth of ceramic Raybestos brake pads for $30 delivered from this guy:
I get no kickback from him, but if you tell him BeerGarage sent you,
he will probably continue to completely ignore me.
The rear ones had shims to install, so I installed.
They went in with the greatest of ease,
and a dab of lube where they hit the housing and where the slave cylinder hits them
should eliminate any annoying noises.
For the love of Pete, please tell me you know not to get any grease
on the disk or the actual pad material. Right?
I removed some brake fluid from the reservoir so it would not overflow
like it did when I changed the Pathy brakes.
Brake fluid should not be shit brown. It should be almost clear or golden honey.
Then I clamped the brake piston back into the slave cylinder
so I can reinstall it over the new thicker brake pads.
Rotated it back down, and tightened one bolt, and good to go.
- The hardest part of this job was jacking the damn car up. Thanks for making the brakes an absolute breeze to work on, Subaru. For one breif moment I do not hate Fuji Heavy Industries. Then I changed the brake fluid and bled the brakes. Link in the menu on the left.
- Next I sold out to make 02¢
so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.
But no minivans!
- Then I finished my beer.
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