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Old 12-04-2022, 08:10 PM   #1
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Changing front brakes on my 08 MADP K2 chassis.

Going to attempt changing the front brake pads. Anything I should know? Is it similar to changing auto pads? Guessing I need to get the pads from Spartan? Haven't had any luck finding any online. Have a buddy that's going to help and has the larger tools for the job. He's changed them on dump trucks and other large rigs but never a coach.
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Howdy Patrick,

While all I can say regarding your brakes is good luck. I would certainly be interested in hearing about the process for my own future maintenance. Post a few pics and I would be really interested to hear how you have to retract the caliper to insert the new pads.
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Old 12-05-2022, 12:58 PM   #3
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I hope your buddy has experience changing air brakes. A totally different animal. I personally wouldn't even try, but that's me.
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Had an inner bearing seal replaced so they had to take the brakes and rotors off our 2007 Essex spartan K2 chassis. If I remember correctly the calipers don't come off I think the pads slide in from the top of the caliper and are held in by pins.. It had been 15 years so I could be wrong
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Had an inner bearing seal replaced so they had to take the brakes and rotors off our 2007 Essex spartan K2 chassis. If I remember correctly the calipers don't come off I think the pads slide in from the top of the caliper and are held in by pins.. It had been 15 years so I could be wrong
I believe you are correct. Crawled under to take a look at the pads and calipers. I need to get what they call a shear adapter to move the pistons back and forth to place the new pads in the calipers. The hardest part from what I see is wrestling with the removal and install of the wheel.
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I wish I had a picture to go along with the explanation. I found this useful
https://www.knowledge-dock.com/stora...e_friction.pdf

This just shows it all https://youtu.be/wwwAtDWaKW4

And from Bendix
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Going to attempt changing the front brake pads. Anything I should know? Is it similar to changing auto pads? Guessing I need to get the pads from Spartan? Haven't had any luck finding any online. Have a buddy that's going to help and has the larger tools for the job. He's changed them on dump trucks and other large rigs but never a coach.
Just curious how many miles on your rig?
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Just curious how many miles on your rig?
135,000 miles
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Finally got a day to change the brakes. Didn't take any pictures because it went so fast. Biggest issue is getting a 1 inch drive torque wrench. Luckily there was a guy in my park that had one I could borrow. Also had the stand to rest the extension on while getting the lugs broke. Ordered the complete brake pad kit from Spartan. Came with everything you need for the pads. Even included the shears used to move the pistons back and forth. Took about an hour or so to do both front tires.
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Thanks for following up Patrick. It is nice when the job goes well.
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