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How to change brake pads on a nissan maxima 2003

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

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This is actually a simple job if you have the right information. Definitely be prepared by spraying the caliper bolts and the rotor mounting bolts with some sort of penetrating oil.
Second. Loosen the mounting bolts (17mm), which may require a breaker bar. Loosen also the caliper two caliper bolts (15mm). After all 4 bolts are loosened, take them out.

Third. Now that the bolts have been taken out, the caliper may be seized to the rotor. Some light "banging" with a hammer is okay, as long as you aren't bending anything. Once the caliper is loose, it is safest to hang it with a zip tie or piece of rope, as it will still be connected to the brake line and you don't want it to break.

Fourth. Take hammer and and bang off the rotor. You really won't hurt anything by doing so. I used a small, hand held sledge and hit it while laying on my back from behind

Fifth- make sure that you remove the caliper pins, clean them with brake cleaner, and re-grease them before putting the pads back in

***Pay attention to the way that the brake pads come out, making sure to put the new ones in the same way

Sixth- Compressing the hydraulic cylinder on the caliper can be a tough, but I finally figured it out. YOU DO NOT NEED A SPECIAL TOOL TO DO THIS. I took a large C-clamp and put some pressure on the cylinder. Then, using vice grips, I lightly clamped onto the indentations in the cylinder (you will know what I mean when you see it). Make sure that you don't clamp down on the rubber gasket when you clamp down.

Turn clockwise and tighten the C-clamp as you turn. You do not have to do them simultaneously, but it is a bit quicker if you do. It might take a few minutes, it is doable- take your time.

Once you get the cylinder compressed, you are good to go. Put the new rotor on, set the new pads in their slots, and put the caliper back onto the rotor. You can do this.

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You use a 2x4 with small sledge,or a plastic heavyweight hammer
like mechanics use and do what Emission said. If you soak it make sure its free of this oil when it goes back on,and that no oil will drip from assembly when it goes back on. Beating the disk has always come off with the right hammer without oil.

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SOURCE: recently changed all four rotors and brake pads on

It will normalise after a while.

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SOURCE: Do the 94' nissan maxima have abs brakes

ABS was optional as an add-on for the GXE Model so I can't say whether you have them or not based on the model. When you turn your key to the on position before starting the car, if you see an ABS light, then your car will have abs. If there is no light, then most likely you do not have abs.

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Metric - if you don't have any go buy a set - cheaper than buy one or two. Make sure the set has 12, 14, 17, and 19 - these are the most common and there is a set of craftsmen wrenches that don't include the 14.

Or you can get a crescent wrench (adjustable) - but something like this is way to go when are sale for $50


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