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How do i change the brake pads on a 2002 chevrolet monte carlo? i heard the is something you have to loosen on the caliper besides the bleeder to get them to collapse? is this true? and if so, how do i do it?

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  • soldier1265 Sep 24, 2009

    do i need any special tools to do this? any torx bits?

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Disc Breaks;
Take the wheels off..
Take the calipers off - just a few bolts..
Put new pads on calipers - they snap in place with tenssion clips..
Open the master cap and remove a little bit of fluid with a turkey baster..
Compress the calipers with a ‘C’ clamp so the caliper will fit over the rotors..
Open bleed valve on each caliper – not allowing the master to empty..
After you feel that all the fluid has been exchanged from lines and calipers –
Tighten the bleed valves - top off the master and close the cap..

Good luck...

Posted on Sep 23, 2009

  • Carl
    Carl Sep 24, 2009

    No.. The calipers should come off with a allen key wrench.. Chevy did use star key on some calipers but not all.. Worst case you might have to get a male star key socket from the parts store..



    Other than that - nothing special

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