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Changing pads on a 02 Regal

I've changed brake pads on several cars in the past, but not familiar with the Regal. Is it fairly easy? Where can I get some instructions? Do I need any special tools to push the caliper pistons back? Any other lube points on the brake assembly I should be aware of?

Thanks, Dale

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All you need for the front is a C clamp. Lube the slides and anywhere there is medal contact. For the rear brakes you need a special tool to turn in the caliper. If you buy a chilton or haynes manual it should tell you how to do it.

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