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My front breaks need changed, and i would prefer to do it myself rather than have someone else do it, i used to service my old car, so i have some knowledge of it, but i was wondering if this was something i could easily do with my pontiac? Is there anything that might give me a prob?

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This is something that can easily be done by yourself. You need to begin on a flat hard surface. Engage the parking brake and jack the front end of the car up and support it with jack stands. Open the hood and remove the cap from the brake fluid resevoir to allow pressure to be put back in when you close the caliper. Remove one of the tires. You will need a set of sockets and a C Clamp. You need to unscrew the slide pins and remove them. At this point you can pull the caliper off. Find somewhere to support it. Don't let it hang by the brake line or you will be in for some trouble. I don't know if you are going to replace the rotors or just the pads. If you are replacing the rotors you will need to remove the bracket that holds the brake pads in place. Pull out the old pads and dispose of them. You can then remove the rotor and slip the new one back on. Make sure you clean it real good with brake cleaner and don't touch the surface with your fingers. Replace the pad bracket and install the new pads. You now need to compress the piston on the caliper so you can slide it back over the new bigger pads. You can do this with a C clamp. Once you have the caliper compressed slip the rotor over the new pads and rotor. I like to clean the slide pins with an old tooth brush then re apply some slide pin grease. Re install the pins and tighten them up. Put the tire back on (don't forget to torque the lug nuts to specs, I think Pontiac is 100ft/lbs.) Just repeat the process on the other side and don't forget to put the cap back on the brake fluid resevoir!

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