DIY Guide: How to replace the front brake pads on a TVS Apache RR310
It is always advisable to replace both front and rear brake pads at the same time.
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I just replaced my RR310’s front brake pads for the first time after 4 years and 17,700 Kms of ownership. So as usual I made a DIY vlog of it which you can watch here
Before getting ready to replace your brake pads, make sure that their life is really gone so that it warrants a replacement. For that, just check if the grooves on the pads are intact or have gone completely. Also, you will start getting a squealing noise from your pads due to metal-on-metal contact. This means it’s time to replace it. Even if one of the pads has lost its life completely and the other one still has some life in it, it is advisable to replace both at the same time.
Now let’s get to the DIY.
STEP 1: Remove the Metal pin with the help of the flat-head screwdriver.
STEP 2: Loosen the star bolt with the help of the Torx Key. Do not remove the bolt completely now.
STEP 3: Detach the ABS line from the brake fluid line. Then Remove the 2 x 12 mm caliper bolts with the help of the 12 mm wrench as shown in the pic.
Once the 2 x 12mm bolts are removed, you can easily wiggle out the brake caliper from the rotor.
STEP 4: Remove the star bolt with the Torx key while pressing down on the metal arrow clip.
Once the bolt and the metal clip are removed, the brake pads slide out easily.
STEP 5: Push the 4x pistons on the Caliper all the way inwards. This usually can be done by just pushing a star or flat head screwdriver hard against the pistons but in my case, it just wasn’t budging. So I just slid my new pads inside and then pushed the pistons with the help of a flathead screwdriver.
I placed the screwdriver in such a way that it touched the back side of the pads and the edges of the piston. This way the pads don’t get damaged.
Maybe I am not strong enough, I am not sure but this was the toughest part of the DIY.
The important thing to remember here is that the pistons must be pushed all the way inwards, don’t even let a millimetre be outside or the caliper won’t fit over the rotor once the pads are in.
If you have an air blower, you can also blow out the brake dust and dirt from the caliper.
STEP 6: Insert the new pads into the brake caliper.
Here you can grease the backsides of the brake pads before inserting them.
Inserting the new pads on the caliper is a bit tricky, I am not sure if I can tell it properly by words here. I will try my best but for those who have doubts about this step, kindly check my vlog which I linked above.
Insert both the pads into the caliper in such a way that the pads are facing each other and align it in such a way that the caliper star bolt’s hole aligns with the holes on the brake pads.
Then insert the metal arrow clip from the bottom in such a way that the underside of the groove is pointing downwards. The groove also must align in such a way that the star bolt goes exactly over the groove.
It’s not possible to tighten the Torx star screw in this step. We will do that in the end.
STEP 7: Slide the brake caliper assembly over the Brake Rotors and align it with the 12 mm holes. Screw the 12mm bolts and tighten them. Then screw tighten the star Torx bolt.
Remember the small pin that you removed in step 1, slide it back in place as well.
STEP 8: Final step is to pump the brakes multiple times so that the pistons go back to their normal position. That’s it!
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