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My Rio just failed an MOT for fluctuating brake readings. It only failed on one side on both axles, but obviously I'm replacing all 4.
I've changed front discs before on other cars, but I've never had a car with rear discs. Is there anything I should be aware of before I get stuck in? Does the parking brake pose problems?
Cheers, Dave.
 

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Looks like the 2008 Rio has Shoes inside the Disk for the Parking Brake and Pads for stopping.
Same setup on my old 2008 Ceed

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If the Disc doesn't want to come off, you may need to wind the Parking Brake Adjuster in. Rubber Bung in the Disc. Adjuster usually at 6 o'clock.
Often the Pistons on the Rear Calipers need winding in rather than just compressing. Can't remember if this was the case on my Ceed.

Rio Brake Diagram here
 

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Looks like the 2008 Rio has Shoes inside the Disk for the Parking Brake and Pads for stopping.
Same setup on my old 2008 Ceed

Handbrake Off
If the Disc doesn't want to come off, you may need to wind the Parking Brake Adjuster in. Rubber Bung in the Disc. Adjuster usually at 6 o'clock.
Often the Pistons on the Rear Calipers need winding in rather than just compressing. Can't remember if this was the case on my Ceed.

Rio Brake Diagram here
As mcspot says above with the discs.. there are no pistons on this model to wind in on the rears .. did the job on my youngest's rio when he had it his was a 2010 .. they are push in just like the front ones so use a G clamp or brake tool.. was surprised to see how small the pads actually are..
 

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All done. Thanks for the advice. Rear discs were just a easy as the front ones. Didn't need to touch the parking brake adjusters to get them off. One of the rear ones is binding but I should be able to sort that out tomorrow.
The car is 2008 by the way, so it has normal pistons in the rear calipers, not the earlier wind-in ones.
 

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All done. Thanks for the advice. Rear discs were just a easy as the front ones. Didn't need to touch the parking brake adjusters to get them off. One of the rear ones is binding but I should be able to sort that out tomorrow.
The car is 2008 by the way, so it has normal pistons in the rear calipers, not the earlier wind-in ones.
There you go simple on these cars.. glad you managed to sort it.. (y)
 

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There you go simple on these cars.. glad you managed to sort it.. (y)
I've owned this Rio for five years now and every time I have to do any work on it I'm always impressed by how straight forward it is. Lots of thought has gone into the design of these little cars and it's a refreshing change for someone who cut their teeth on Escorts and Minis!
 
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