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Help with brake repair young woman needs someome to describe the process to her. she has the parts.

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Well , you failed to mention exactly what you are doing or what parts you have. So I will assume you are changing the front pads? Most common. Loosen up the lugs on one wheel, do not remove, jack up the wheel, remove the lugs, You have a few main parts to deal with, rotor, big round shiny thing, caliper, big bulky thing that hangs off to the rear of the rotor, pads, worn out parts you are replacing on the inside of the caliper. 2 bolts in the back of the caliper, 14mm, have a rubber cushion thing on them, pull them out, long, support the caliper on a piece of coat hanger so it won't pull on the brake line. Pull out the old pads, hang on to the clips and ,make note of how they go, Put in the new pads, now, you have to open up the caliper with a big C-clamp, some are self adjusting, they will spin back in, some you just press back in, otherwise they won't fit back on the rotor with the new pads. So with a big C-clamp, slowly squeeze them back together, slowly, if you don't, you will have brake fluid showering your engine. Get the caliper back on, get the bolts in, tighten them up, put the wheel back on, snug up the lugs, drop the jack, tighten up the wheel. Go to the other side and do it again. Make sure your rotors are somewhat smooth, you don't want ridges or bumps, If they are no good , you will need to get them turned, But unless you drove the car around for miles with the brakes grinding metal to metal, you shouldn't have to worry about it. Hope this helps.

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