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I have a 2010 kia optima with 39k miles. I took it to the shop last month to get a front end clunking noise looked at which they fixed under warranty but they also did an inspection on the car and the back brake pads are worn pretty bad I guess and on the LR brake he wrote " LR brake seized" I had no idea my brakes were bad since they never mentioned it before in their reports but now I am hearing a bit of grinding comeing from the back so I would like to replace the brake pads on all 4 tires but will I need special tools since its a foreign vehicle?
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If the rear caliper was "seized" as you have stated, the dealership should have replaced the caliper and the corresponding pads as well under warranty. While normally pads would not be covered, a "seized" caliper would cause the pads to wear prematurely and also potentially damage a rear rotor from excessive heat as well.
The "special tools" you refer to are called "metric" wrenches b.t.w.
PS...It the brakes were "worn pretty bad" why didn't you have them done while they were apart at the dealership?

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If the rear caliper was "seized" as you have stated, the dealership should have replaced the caliper and the corresponding pads as well under warranty. While normally pads would not be covered, a "seized" caliper would cause the pads to wear prematurely and also potentially damage a rear rotor from excessive heat as well.
The "special tools" you refer to are called "metric" wrenches b.t.w.
PS...It the brakes were "worn pretty bad" why didn't you have them done while they were apart at the dealership?
Ok thank for the info. My vehicle was being fixed for some front end issues and I didnt notice what they wrote about the rear brakes until after I got. They never mentioned it to me while I was there.
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By now most persons doing any work on their cars will have metric tools. Even cars made in the USA have a high content (if not all) of metric parts/nuts/bolts.
EVERY car made today has some required special tools and KIA is no exception. It really depends on what area of the car you are working on.

A siezed caliper is not that uncommon on all brands.
I just rebuilt my son's Mazda6 rear brakes. The driver rear side had the two pins/slides that the caliper moves on bind and that caused premature pad and rotor failure. I got the replacement parts from rockauto.com,
The only "special" tool was a 1" cube with protusions on 5 of the 6 sides for different brands of cars. This is used to "screw" the piston back into the brake cylinder. It attaches to a standard 3/8" extension and a 3/8" ratchet wrench.
The dealer should at least replace the caliper and failed parts N/C but they normally will charge you for wear items (pads and/or rotor(disks)). You may be able to supply these parts from an auto parts supplier at less cost to yourself "IF" the dealer will work with you.
Be happy they actually took the time to "look the car over" for other problems.
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As i have seen the rear calipers on 2006-2010 Optimas seize, they most likely meant the pads are sticking in the guides. Quite common if you have any weather besides sunshine. If there is pad life left, just remove the pads and the bracket, clean everything up and reassembly using a little brake grease on the contact points. Do the same cleaning if you're replacing the pads. If the caliper truly is seized, it will be covered under warranty. I believe the new caliper comes complete with pads, liners, and even the pad bracket and sliders.

You'll need a 14mm for the caliper and bracket, also a 17mm and a 19mm for the suspension arm (you'll see what I mean when you get in there.) the calipers on these don't need to be threaded in, just use a piston compressor/big pliers/c-clamp, etc..

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Quote: "the calipers on these don't need to be threaded in"

Aren't all rear calipers pistons screwed back in to facilitate emergency brake operation?
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Some are, yes. Such as the 2004.5-2010 spectra. However the optima uses a small drum brake assembly inside the rotor for the parking brake. The brake cable attaches to a pivot bracket to spread the shoes.

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