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HOW TO CHANGE FRONT BRAKE PADS 06 BUICK LACROSSE

CAN THE PADS BE REPLACED BY SWINGING THE CALIPERS AWAY FRON THE ROTOR RATHER THAN REMOVING COMPLETELY ?

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SOURCE: front brake pads & rotors on 2003 buick park avenue

first you put the car on stands and and then you take the two bolts out in back of the caliper and remove the caliper and then remove the pin in the center of the rotor and the nut and then take the rotor off and do not forget to repack the bearing with grease and then put it back together take one side apart at a time.just in case you need to take a look at how it goes back together

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replace the hydraulic hose also --- the hose can collapse inside and the brake fluid cannot return, (allowing the pressure at the caliper piston to relieve), and your caliper sticks --- it is actually the piston that is stuck.

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SOURCE: changing rear brake pads on 2002 buick lesabre

Your correct, does hinge on top bolt and then is ussually stiff pulling from pin, but it will move

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It may have a allen head on that model.

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SOURCE: difficulty replacing rear calipers

put the bottom bolt back in finger tight and loosen the top one will stop the caliper from rotating up

Posted on Sep 16, 2009

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Need to repace front brakes and rotors, the car only has 31000 miles on it!!


The brake pads are well within a good long life. Brake wear life depends on a number of factors, the most significant is the driver. Most people feel that they are easy on brakes and that is usually not true...

Rotors are damaged by: normal wear; waiting too long for pads and damage from metal to metal contact; and HEAT. Heat damages rotors and causes them to warp. Cars now days have less material on the rotors and therefore they have shorter life.

On some vehicles it is only slightly more to replace rotors, versus resurfacing them. A resurfaced rotor has less material, so warping happens faster.....Some shops just routinely replace rotors, rather than resurface for just this reason.

Other shops routinely replace calipers, which can be agrued either way, but a caliper that hangs slightly will cause rotor warp. My preference is to replace calipers when they need it, by leaking or binding....

Mar 07, 2011 | 2007 Buick LaCrosse CXL Sedan

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What tools are needed to change the brakes


if the front are rotors there are two bolts that need to be taken off first.
remove the caliper, then remove the two caliper bracket bolts and remove the rotor
replace the rotor and reinstall the caliper bracket.
pull the caliper sliders and lube them with brake grease.
reinstall caliper sliders and install new pads and caliper
refasten caliper to bracket and your done

if your doing rear disc brakes same as front
if brakes are drum type you will need rear drum brake tools to release the springs and to refasten
the new brake shoes

Jan 15, 2011 | 1996 Buick Century

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How can I change the rotors and brakes on a 2006 Cadillac?


Front brake
Step 1: Identify Front Disc Brake Components
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Front Wheel Drive Brake Assembly
Most front disc brake components include: brake rotor, brake pads, brake caliper, caliper mount and brake flex hose. Brake service usual occurs between 20,000 and 40,000 miles depending on driver habits, road conditions and brake pad/ rotor materials used.
Step 2: Remove Brake Caliper to Replace Pads
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Removing Brake Caliper Mounting Bolts
Locate primary caliper mounting bolts; apply wrench pressure counter-clockwise (When looking at the head of the bolt) to remove the bolts, upper and lower. Make sure the bolt threads are in good shape and replace if necessary.
Step 3: Remove Front Brake Caliper
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Remove Front Brake Caliper
After removing the primary caliper mounting bolts lift the brake caliper off of the rotor and then tie or secure to the side, being careful not to bend or kink the brake caliper flex hose. Thoroughly inspect brake caliper and brake hoses for leakage, cracks or chaffing and replace as needed. Next remove the brake pads (If not mounted in the caliper) and secondary caliper mounting bolts. Notice how great protective gloves work, most technicians use them on the job today.
Step 4: Remove Brake Pads
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Remove Front Brake Pads
Once the brake pads have been removed, make sure if there is anti rattle hardware to transfer to the new brake pads. Some brake pad manufacturers will include the proper lube (Caliper slides) and anti-rattle hardware to ensure proper performance of their product.
Step 5: Remove Caliper Mount
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Remove Caliper Mount Bracket
Finish removing secondary caliper mount bolts and remove caliper mount. Note: clean and lube caliper slides and pad friction surfaces of all foreign material or build-up.
Step 6: Remove Brake Rotor
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Remove Brake Rotor
With the caliper mount out of the way you can now remove the brake rotor. Sometimes it can get stuck so you may need to tap it with a hammer or use penetrating oil to free it up. Some manufacturers use small screws to hold the rotor on as well. Clean and inspect wheel studs, replace if any are damaged. Also clean bearing hub rotor mount surface to ensure the proper mounting of the new brake rotor. Inspect the ABS sensor wheel for cracks or damage and replace as needed.
Step 7: Depressing the Brake Caliper
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Resetting Brake Caliper
To install the new brake pads you must retract the brake caliper piston. Remove the master cylinder lid or open the brake caliper bleeder screw to allow excess brake fluid to be released if necessary. Install C clamp tool and gently tighten clamp until caliper piston is fully depressed. Note: use old brake pad to protect the caliper piston. Close the bleeders once the piston is retracted completely
Step 8: Installing New Brake Rotor
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Install Brake Rotor
Install new brake rotor, the new rotor is manufactured with a protective film over the rotor to keep it from rusting, remove protective film with brake cleaner before installing; also after the brake job is complete you may experience a small amount of smoke from the rotor when first used. This is normal and will go away after the first couple of uses.
Step 9: Installing New Front Brake Pads
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Installing New Brake Pads
Reinstall the front brake caliper mount, and then install front brake pads. Make sure the pads are seated properly in the caliper mount; it must be a close fit to work properly..
Step 10: Reinstall Front Brake Caliper
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Re-Install front Bake Caliper
Reinstall front brake caliper and reinstall caliper-mounting bolts, recheck all mounts and mounting bolts. Check the caliper slides to be sure there is no bind and that the caliper moves freely back and forth on the caliper slides. Bleed brake system per manufacturer's specifications to relieve any air trapped in the system. Before driving the vehicle, push the brake pedal down and let it up slowly, repeat until normal brake pedal operation resumes, this operation is forcing the brake pads to travel to the brake rotors.

Dec 18, 2010 | 2006 Cadillac STS

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Any tricks changing the front disc pads?


Nice Car...no tricks on front pads on this model...Be sure to use quality pads...Ceramic pads are cleaner and quieter...and are worth the extra bucks...The calipers are removed by 2 bolts...you can then just lift off the rotors (no hold downs) Be sure to use a hanger to hold the calipers in place while installing the new pads...Try to budget and include replacing the rotors along with the pads...this will assure smooth operation...You must push the pistons back into the calipers in order for the new pads to be installed...if the pistons return completely, you do not have to bleed or open the brake lines...:) Hope this helps...

Dec 13, 2010 | 1995 Buick LeSabre

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How to replace rear brake pads on 2002 buick rendevous


Those are special calipers. The piston cannot be just compressed back into the caliper - it needs to be turned as it is compressed or you can ruin the caliper.There is a kit you can rent from AutoZone or many independent auto parts stores that will perform both functions at the same time.
Block fron wheels and raise vehicle passenger side. Remove wheel. The caliper is on the top rear side of the assembly you're looking at.There are 2 long bolts you'll need to remove to take the caliper off the vehicle. Don't remove the brake line or open the bleeder screw ( either of these moves will add to your work!! ) Insert a large flat blade screwdriver in between the rotor and outboard brake pad and pry away from the vehicle slightly to release the pads from the rotor. Slide caliper upwards and towards the back of the vehicle to separate from rotor. The pads will come in a full set ( all 4 pads for both side of the rear ) . Look at your replacement pads and determine if they have a retainer clip holding them in place or a compression clip. Remove outboard pad first then inboard. Match old pads to replacement pads. Inspect rotor for grooves and irregular surfaces - if any grooves or irregularity present, remove rotor and take to an auto parts store for refinishing.Compress caliper piston with kit and allow 5 minutes for pressure to bleed back into the master cylinder.install rotor if removed and wipe surfaces with brake clean. Install inboard then outboard pad and place caliper on rotor, then mount to vehicle. Install wheel, repeat procedure for drivers side, then PUMP BRAKE PEDAL 5 TIMES BEFORE TRYING TO DRIVE VEHICLE to set pads on rotors.

Nov 26, 2010 | 2003 Buick Rendezvous

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How to replace front brake pads


  1. Remove 2/3 of the brake fluid from the master cylinder.
  2. Raise and support the vehicle.
  3. Mark (index) the relationship of the wheel to the hub.
  4. Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Install 2 wheel nuts in order to retain the rotor.
  5. In order to push the piston into the caliper bore and provide clearance between the pads and the rotor, complete the following steps:
5.1. Install a large C-clamp (2) over the top of the caliper housing (1) and against the back of the outboard pad. 5.2. Slowly tighten the C-clamp (2) until the piston pushes into the caliper bore enough to slide the caliper (1) off the rotor. 81007416


  1. Remove the caliper bolts (2).
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  1. Remove the caliper (2) from the rotor and caliper bracket. Suspend the caliper from the strut using a wire hook (1).
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  1. Remove the pads (2, 3) from the caliper bracket (5).
  2. Remove the 2 retainers (1) from the caliper bracket (5).
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  1. Inspect the following parts for cuts, tears, or deterioration. Replace any damaged parts:
    • The bolt boots (1)
    • The piston boot (7)
  1. Inspect the caliper bolts for corrosion or damage. Use new parts, including bushings, when installing the caliper if any corrosion is found. Do not attempt to polish away corrosion.
INSTALLATION PROCEDURE

IMPORTANT: Before installing new brake pads, wipe the outside surface of the caliper boot clean. Use denatured alcohol.

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  1. Bottom the piston into the caliper bore. If installing new brake pads, use a C-clamp (2) in order to clamp the piston at the same time. Use a metal plate or wooden block across the face of the piston. Do not damage the piston or the caliper boot.
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IMPORTANT: Lift the inner-edge caliper boot next to the piston. Press out any trapped air. The boot must lay flat below the level of the piston face.


  1. Install the 2 retainers to the caliper bracket.
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IMPORTANT: The wear sensor is on the inside pad. The sensor is positioned at the leading edge (upward) of the pad during forward wheel rotation.


  1. Install the pads (5) to the caliper bracket (3).
NOTICE: Use care to avoid damaging pin boot when rotating caliper.


  1. Install the caliper (2) to the bracket (3).
NOTICE: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.


  1. Install the caliper bolts (1).
    • Tighten the caliper bolts to 31 Nm (23 ft. lbs.) .
  1. Remove the wheel nuts securing the rotor to the hub.
  2. Install the tire and wheel assemblies. Align the index marks on the wheel and the hub.
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4. Fill the master cylinder to the proper level with clean brake fluid.
  5. Apply approximately 778 N (175 lbs.) of force to the brake pedal 3 times in order to seat the pads.
  6. Burnish the pads and the rotors.

Oct 19, 2010 | 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass

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How to remove rear brake caliper to replace pads on 1995 Celica


With the wheel removed, look behind the caliper there are 2 bolts that hold the caliper in place. Completely remove the lower bolt and loosen the top. The caliper will then swing upwards exposing the old pads. Remove cover off master cylider reservior. Leave both old pads in place for now. slide the far side pad over to the near side pad and using a channel-lock wrench, squeeze slowly and steadily. this will cause your brake cylider to retract, pushing the fluid backwards through the line and into the reservior. Once the cylinder is retracted, remove old pads and place new pads on either side. Align caliper and swing it down. Replace lower bolt and tighten upper.

Sep 23, 2010 | 1993 Toyota Celica

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Brake job front pads


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Removal & Installation
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Inspect the fluid level in the brake master cylinder reservoir.
  3. If the brake fluid level is midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, then no brake fluid needs to be removed from the reservoir before proceeding. If the brake fluid level is higher than midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, then remove brake fluid to the midway point before proceeding.
  4. Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
  5. Remove the tire and the wheel assembly.
  6. Hand-tighten 2 wheel lug nuts in order to retain the rotor to the hub.
  7. Install a large C-clamp over the top of the caliper housing and against the back of the outboard pad.
  8. Slowly tighten the C-clamp until the piston pushes into the caliper bore enough to slide the caliper off the rotor.
  9. Remove the C-clamp from the caliper.

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Front brake pads and related parts

  1. Remove the lower caliper bolt (1).

    WARNING Use care to avoid damaging pin boot when rotating caliper.

  2. In order to access the pads, rotate the caliper upward and suitably support it.
  3. Remove the pads (5) from the caliper bracket (3).
  4. Remove the 2 retainer slides (4) from the caliper bracket (3).
  5. Inspect all parts for cuts, tears, or deterioration. Replace any damaged parts.
  6. Inspect the caliper bolts for corrosion or damage. If corrosion is found, use new caliper bolts when installing the caliper.
To install:
  1. Using a C-clamp, bottom the piston into the caliper bore. Use an old brake pad or wooden block across the face of the piston. Do not damage the piston or the caliper boot.
Install the 2 retainers to the caliper bracket.

NOTE The wear sensor is on the outside pad. The sensor is positioned at the leading or upward edge of the pad during forward wheel rotation.


Install the pads to the caliper anchor bracket.

  1. WARNING
  1. Use care to avoid damaging pin boot when rotating caliper.

  1. Remove the support and reposition the caliper (2) back down over the front pads.
  2. Lubricate the pin bolt and the inner diameter of the bolt boot with GM P/N 18047666, or equivalent. Do not lubricate the threads of the pin bolt.
  3. Install the lower caliper bolt. Tighten the caliper bolts to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
  4. Remove the 2 wheel lug nuts retaining the rotor to the hub.
  5. Install the tire and the wheel assembly.
  6. Lower the vehicle.
  7. With the engine OFF, gradually apply the brake pedal to approximately 2/3 of its travel distance.
  8. Slowly release the brake pedal.
  9. Wait 15 seconds, then, repeat steps 10 and 11 until a firm brake pedal is obtained. This will properly seat the brake caliper pistons and brake pads.
  10. Fill the brake master cylinder reservoir to the proper level.
  11. Burnish the pads and rotors.

Sep 13, 2010 | 2006 Buick LaCrosse

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How do you change the front brakes?


The front brakes should be Disc, if it is you will need to remove the Caliper bolts, the upper and lower, and the Caliper will pull away from the rotor, depress the cylinder and the old brake pads will just pop out, replace the pads and postion the Caliper back on the rotor and tighten the upper and lower bolts, it is a very simple job.

Aug 28, 2010 | 1993 Buick Century

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Need help changing brake pads and routers on 2003


Remove brake fluid from the master cylinder brake fluid reservoir until the reservoir is approximately 1/2 full. Discard the removed fluid.
  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle. Remove the front wheels.
    1. Remove or disconnect the following:
    2. Front brake caliper guide pin bolts
    • Brake caliper by slowly sliding it up and off the adapter and brake rotor. Support the caliper out of the way with a strong piece of wire. Do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose or damage to the brake hose will result.
    1. If necessary, compress the caliper piston into the bore using a C-clamp. Insert a suitable piece of wood between the C-clamp and caliper piston to protect the piston.
    2. Outboard disc brake pad from the caliper by prying the brake pad retaining clip over the raised area on the caliper. Slide the brake pad down and off the caliper.
    • Inboard disc brake pad from the caliper by pulling the brake pad away from the caliper piston until the retaining clip on the pad is free from the caliper piston cavity
  • To install:
    1. Be sure the caliper piston has been completely retracted into the piston bore of the caliper assembly. This is required when installing the brake caliper equipped with new brake pads.
    2. If equipped, remove the protective paper from the noise suppression gaskets on the new disc brake pads.
    3. Install or connect the following:
      • New inboard disc brake pad into the caliper piston by pressing the pad firmly into the cavity of the caliper piston. Be sure the new inboard brake pad is seated squarely against the face of the brake caliper piston.
      • Outboard disc brake pad by sliding it onto the caliper assembly
      • Brake caliper assembly over the brake rotor and onto the steering knuckle adapter
      • Caliper guide pin bolts and torque to: 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm) on 2002–04 models or 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm) on 2005 models
      • Front. Apply the brake pedal several times until a firm pedal is obtained.
    4. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder and add fluid as necessary. Road-test the vehicle.

    For the rotors:

    1. Remove brake fluid from the master cylinder brake fluid reservoir until the reservoir is approximately 1/2 full. Discard the removed fluid.
    2. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle. Remove the front wheels.
    1. Remove or disconnect the following:
    2. Front brake caliper guide pin bolts
    • Brake caliper by slowly sliding it up and off the adapter and brake rotor. Support the caliper out of the way with a strong piece of wire. Do not let the caliper hang by the brake hose or damage to the brake hose will result.
    1. If necessary, compress the caliper piston into the bore using a C-clamp. Insert a suitable piece of wood between the C-clamp and caliper piston to protect the piston.
    2. Outboard disc brake pad from the caliper by prying the brake pad retaining clip over the raised area on the caliper. Slide the brake pad down and off the caliper.
    • Inboard disc brake pad from the caliper by pulling the brake pad away from the caliper piston until the retaining clip on the pad is free from the caliper piston cavity
  • To install:
    1. Be sure the caliper piston has been completely retracted into the piston bore of the caliper assembly. This is required when installing the brake caliper equipped with new brake pads.
    2. If equipped, remove the protective paper from the noise suppression gaskets on the new disc brake pads.
    3. Install or connect the following:
      • New inboard disc brake pad into the caliper piston by pressing the pad firmly into the cavity of the caliper piston. Be sure the new inboard brake pad is seated squarely against the face of the brake caliper piston.
      • Outboard disc brake pad by sliding it onto the caliper assembly
      • Brake caliper assembly over the brake rotor and onto the steering knuckle adapter
      • Caliper guide pin bolts and torque to: 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm) on 2002–04 models or 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm) on 2005 models
      • Front. Apply the brake pedal several times until a firm pedal is obtained.
    4. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder and add fluid as necessary. Road-test the vehicle.

    May 28, 2010 | 2003 Chrysler Town & Country

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