In short Im tired of getting screwed out of a ton of $ just to have my brake pads done. I know I could do it myself if someone could walk me through it. Ive learned how to do many things myself but have never tried the brake pads before. Any help would be great!
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If you had listed make, model, and year, I would know what setup you have on the rear. First find out if it has disc brakes or drum brakes. Purchase the correct brake pads or shoes that fit your vehicle. Once you remove the old pads or shoes you will know if the rotor or drum needs turning or replacing.
On the back ot the caliper ( holds Brake pads) there are two bolt or Screws ( usually allen heads) loosen those screws and remove them. pull off the caliper. check your rotor check for grooves and you might want to take them to get turned ( cleans the surface by taking a thin layer of metal off.
Using a C clamp or Disk brake pad tool carefully and slowly compress the piston back into the caliper....Slowly. Pace ne break pads in caliper and slide it back on to the rotor... replacing the bolts tighten them up...replace tire and you should be good to go. Remember to pump you breaks to get the pads to adjust will be soft at first. there should be no need to bleed the brakes.
You said pads so is it disk brake in rear or drum ? disk have pads drums have shoes.
ok if its disk then its real easy to change them take tire off after raising car and theres two bolts at the back of the calibur one top and one bottom back those out then carefully slide the calbur off the disk ok then you will see two pads one inner and one outer they will look slightly different ok heres the short cut use the outer pad and place it agains the round center and use a large c clamp to press it flat then take it off ok know put new pads on and place it back on disk tighten the two bolts back in and put tire back on lower car know very important pop the hood and make sure the brake resivor lid is on good then get in car start it and pump brake back up dont miss that last step or you may not have brakes till you pump it up hope i have helped you.
one bolt to remove, and the caliper will swing out of the way. Get a C-clamp and loosen the brake bleederand compress the piston back into the caliper. Tighten the bleeded screw & take the clamp back off after the bleeded screw is tighten!!!! When U purchase the pads, make sure the you get the jelley type, RTV the you put on the metal of the pad backing to keep the brakes from squeeling when you apply the brakes going down the road, Install the pads, and put bolt back on. Your finish, brake job done.
First make sure you have the park brake on Raise the front end make sure to support with jack stands Remove tires
this should leave the front brakes exposed
there are two slide bolts holding the caliper in place loosen both and remove
then wedge a screw driver between the inner pad and the rotor and lightly pry towards you to take some pressure off of the caliper
you should now be able to lift off the caliper it will still have the brake line attached to it so be sure to secure it to something ie a bungie strap to the suspension or something do not just let it hang by the brake line
slide out the old pads out of the caliper mounting braket
now take a caliper press and push the piston back into the brake caliper use the old inner pad do not push directly on the caliper piston (if you dont have a caliper press just substitute a c clamp it works fine)
if replacing the rotors remove the caliper bracket once again two bolts
remove the caliper bracket
Make Sure to inspect the caliper for leaks or damage
To install reverse and youll be done before you know it
Make sure to lube slide pins with a small amount of brake grease and make sure the caliper moves freely apon installation
After you have done both sides
set down car and slowly pump the brake pedal about 15 times to close the distance between caliper piston and brake pads thats all
This is something that can easily be done by yourself. You need to begin on a flat hard surface. Engage the parking brake and jack the front end of the car up and support it with jack stands. Open the hood and remove the cap from the brake fluid resevoir to allow pressure to be put back in when you close the caliper. Remove one of the tires. You will need a set of sockets and a C Clamp. You need to unscrew the slide pins and remove them. At this point you can pull the caliper off. Find somewhere to support it. Don't let it hang by the brake line or you will be in for some trouble. I don't know if you are going to replace the rotors or just the pads. If you are replacing the rotors you will need to remove the bracket that holds the brake pads in place. Pull out the old pads and dispose of them. You can then remove the rotor and slip the new one back on. Make sure you clean it real good with brake cleaner and don't touch the surface with your fingers. Replace the pad bracket and install the new pads. You now need to compress the piston on the caliper so you can slide it back over the new bigger pads. You can do this with a C clamp. Once you have the caliper compressed slip the rotor over the new pads and rotor. I like to clean the slide pins with an old tooth brush then re apply some slide pin grease. Re install the pins and tighten them up. Put the tire back on (don't forget to torque the lug nuts to specs, I think Pontiac is 100ft/lbs.) Just repeat the process on the other side and don't forget to put the cap back on the brake fluid resevoir!