How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Yamaha Rhino

by BretN
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Changing the brake pads on a Yamaha Rhino is similar to those on a car. However, the piston will need to be screwed back in instead of just pushed in with a clamp. It is a tight fit, so you will need to take off the skid pan to reach the brake pads.

Step 1

Loosen the lug nuts on the back tires. Jack up the back of the Rhino and place the jack stands under the ATV to support it. Remove the lug nuts and rear wheels.

Step 2

Use a ratchet and socket set to remove the plastic skid pan from under the Rhino.

Step 3

Remove the two bolts on the back of the caliper with a ratchet and socket. Pull the caliper off the differential housing.

Step 4

Remove the two Allen screws at the ends of the caliper, and pull the off the brake pads. Save the shims from the old pads to use with the replacement pads. Screw in the piston clockwise as far as it will go with the small nail-puller claw. In cars, the piston is pushed in with a clamp. On the Rhino, you will have to screw it in.

Step 5

Place the shims in the housing and place the pads on the shims. Tighten the Allen screws to keep the pads in place, replace the caliper on the differential housing and replace the two bolts to hold it in place.

Step 6

Follow steps 3 through 5 on the other rear tire. Replace the skid pan and the tires. Hand-tighten the lug nuts on the tires and lower the ATV back to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench once the tires are on the ground.

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