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Need to see how spring goes on 1987 Dodge Aries Brake pads


Assuming that you are talking about replacement of brake pad for disc brake; you can have a look at the video posted at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUoLaC8OEpE Hope this might be useful. Else if you are looking for replacing Drum Brake pads you can check the link: http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-replace-drum-brake-pads

Jun 30, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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How to Change Your Brake Pads


Brake Pads should be replaced in pairs, the front will wear faster than the rear so usually the front will need to be replaced more often.
First Here is a list of what you will need. This list mainly applies to disc brakes but I have included a link for how to replace drum brakes with graphic images. All parts can be purchased from an auto parts or hardware store.
  • New Brake Pads
  • C-Clamp
  • Small amount of Brake/Caliper Grease (usually comes in a small packet)
  • A can of Brake Cleaner
  • Car-jack and lug wrench
  • A small bungee cord
  • Wrench/Socket/Allen Wrench (depending on your car)
  • A hammer (mainly for drum brakes)
  1. Lossen the lug nuts.
  2. Jack up the vehicle.
  3. Remove the tire from the vehicle.
  4. Use the brake cleaner to spray the brake pads and disc taking care not to spray plastic parts on the vehicle. This is done to partly protect yourself from the brake dust and to also clean everything and help remove rust.
  5. The following steps are for disc brakes, for drum brakes skip to step 15.
  6. Next, remove the caliper bolts, the heads will be located on the inside side of the caliper, the wrench needed will vary base on vehicle make and model.
  7. Slide the caliper and brake pads off of the disc.
  8. Remove the outer brake pad.
  9. The bungee cord may be used to keep the caliper from hanging freely. Do not allow the brake line to be bent or hold the caliper itself.
  10. Use the C-Clamp to slowly depress the inner brake pad as far as it can go. If any brake fluid leaks out of the reservoir, it may need to be replaced once brakes are replaced. Make sure to press the brake pedal several times between each tire having brakes replaced to help keep brake fluid from leaking. Some brake fluid may be siphoned beforehand to prevent loosing any fluid.
  11. If the disc is to be replaced, do so now, spray the new disc with brake cleaner to remove any residue. The disc should be replaced if grooves or chips are found on it, or if it is outside of thickness specifications of the manufacturer.
  12. Grease the caliper bolts.
  13. Put the new brake pads on the caliper and slide the brake pads and caliper back onto the disc and insert the bolts.
  14. Skip to Step 18 for disc brakes.
  15. For drum brakes, use the hammer, brake cleaner, and possibly a pry bar to remove the drum which should slide directly off.
  16. Use the brake cleaner to spray the brake pads and other parts within the drum to clean and prevent dust from being breathed in.
  17. Use the following link for better information on how to replace drum brakes http://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-rear-brake-shoes-and-drums
  18. Mount the tire, bolt on the lug nuts, and remove the jack.
  19. Press the brake a few times and clean up.
Congrats on replacing the brake pads on your vehicle.
Benjamin

on Jan 06, 2011 | Dodge Intrepid Cars & Trucks

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I have a 2003 toyota corolla S edition. I need to get the rear brakes replaced, but when I went to the parts store for rotors and pads, they told me I might need drums and shoes. How can I find out what...


The best way would be to remove the wheel and see if you have drums or discs. Disc brakes on the rear will look like the front brakes, as discs are required on the front of 1970 vehicles and newer. You will see the rotor which will be shiny where the pads have rubbed it. On a drum, it will look like a rusty metal bowl facing away from you. If you have custom wheels you may be able to see through the spokes, but dust guards will not let you tell from the back.

Mar 03, 2011 | 2003 Toyota Corolla

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How to change the break pads for ford focus 2004


The following is from a tip I have posted for all cars but will work for yours, for removing the caliper bolt, a 7mm Allen wrench should be needed.
First Here is a list of what you will need. This list mainly applies to disc brakes but I have included a link for how to replace drum brakes with graphic images. All parts can be purchased from an auto parts or hardware store.
  • New Brake Pads
  • C-Clamp
  • Small amount of Brake/Caliper Grease (usually comes in a small packet)
  • A can of Brake Cleaner
  • Car-jack and lug wrench
  • A small bungee cord
  • Wrench/Socket/Allen Wrench (depending on your car)
  • A hammer (mainly for drum brakes)
  1. Lossen the lug nuts.
  2. Jack up the vehicle.
  3. Remove the tire from the vehicle.
  4. Use the brake cleaner to spray the brake pads and disc taking care not to spray plastic parts on the vehicle. This is done to partly protect yourself from the brake dust and to also clean everything and help remove rust.
  5. The following steps are for disc brakes, for drum brakes skip to step 15.
  6. Next, remove the caliper bolts, the heads will be located on the inside side of the caliper, the wrench needed will vary base on vehicle make and model.
  7. Slide the caliper and brake pads off of the disc.
  8. Remove the outer brake pad.
  9. The bungee cord may be used to keep the caliper from hanging freely. Do not allow the brake line to be bent or hold the caliper itself.
  10. Use the C-Clamp to slowly depress the inner brake pad as far as it can go. If any brake fluid leaks out of the reservoir, it may need to be replaced once brakes are replaced. Make sure to press the brake pedal several times between each tire having brakes replaced to help keep brake fluid from leaking. Some brake fluid may be siphoned beforehand to prevent loosing any fluid.
  11. If the disc is to be replaced, do so now, spray the new disc with brake cleaner to remove any residue. The disc should be replaced if grooves or chips are found on it, or if it is outside of thickness specifications of the manufacturer.
  12. Grease the caliper bolts.
  13. Put the new brake pads on the caliper and slide the brake pads and caliper back onto the disc and insert the bolts.
  14. Skip to Step 18 for disc brakes.
  15. For drum brakes, use the hammer, brake cleaner, and possibly a pry bar to remove the drum which should slide directly off.
  16. Use the brake cleaner to spray the brake pads and other parts within the drum to clean and prevent dust from being breathed in.
  17. Use the following link for better information on how to replace drum brakeshttp://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-rear-brake-shoes-and-drums
  18. Mount the tire, bolt on the lug nuts, and remove the jack.
  19. Press the brake a few times and clean up.
Congrats on replacing the brake pads on your vehicle.
Benjamin

Jan 06, 2011 | 2004 Ford Focus

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What tools needed to replace front brake pads & rotors


Brake Pads
Removal & Installation
Front





3.4L front disc brake assembly
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4.0L and 4.7L front disc brake assembly
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To Remove:


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of
    this section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

    • Front wheel
    • Clip, 2 caliper pins, the anti-rattle spring then remove the 2 brake pads
      and the 4 anti-squeal shims

To Install:

CAUTION
Only replace brake pads on 1 side of the
vehicle at a time. Failure to use this procedure could cause the caliper pistons
on the opposite side of the vehicle to pop out requiring the reconditioning or
replacement of the brake caliper.


  1. Remove a small amount of brake fluid from the master cylinder.
  2. Install a used brake pad into the caliper and compress the caliper pistons.
  3. Apply disc brake grease to both sides of the inner anti-squeal shims.
  4. Install or connect the following:

    • Anti-squeal shims to the new brake pads
      NOTE: When replacing worn pads, the anti-squeal shims must be replaced
      together with the pads.

    • 2 brake pads
    • Anti-rattle spring and the 2 caliper pins
    • Clip
    • Front wheel

  5. Depress the brake pedal several times to seat the brake pads.
  6. Check the brake fluid level and top off as needed.

Rear
To Remove:


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of
    this section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

    • Rear wheel






      toy_4run_rearcalbolts.gif



    • 2 cylinder slide pins from rear caliper assembly
    • Caliper assembly from rear caliper mounting
    • 2 brake pads with anti-squeal shims from rear caliper mounting
    • 2 anti-squeal shims from each disc brake pads
    • Pad wear indicator plate from the inner side disc brake pad
    • 4 pad support plates from the rear caliper mounting

To Install:


  1. Install or connect the following:

    • 4 pad support plates on the rear caliper mounting
    • Pad wear indicator plate on the inside brake pad
      Note: Install the pad wear indicator facing downward.

    • Anti-squeal shims on each brake pad
    • 2 disc brake pads with anti-squeal shims to the caliper assembly

  2. Apply lithium soap base glycol grease to the sliding part of 2 caliper slide
    pins.
  3. Install or connect the following:

    • Disc brake caliper assembly with 2 caliper slide pins
    • Torque to 65 ft-lbs (88 Nm)
    • Rear wheel

  4. Depress the brake pedal several times to seat the brake pads.
  5. Check the brake fluid level and top off as needed.
--- Removal & Installation
Front
To Remove:


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of
    this section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

    • Front wheel
    • Front brake caliper assembly

  3. Make matchmarks on the disc and the axle hub.
  4. Remove the front disc.

To Install:


  1. Align matchmarks and disc onto axle hub.
  2. Install or connect the following:

    • Front brake caliper assembly with the 2 bolts

      1. Torque to 90 ft-lbs (123 Nm)

    • Front wheel

Sep 23, 2010 | 2003 Toyota 4Runner

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Hi I need to know if have disc brakes can I replace brake pads with ceramic pads on a 2005 jeep grand cherokee Laredo


hi, your jeep has disk brakes front and rear. You can use ceramic pads its more a personal preference. Good luck

Sep 11, 2010 | Jeep Grand Cherokee Cars & Trucks

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Brake pad replacement. My brakes are making a squeeking sound as I drive. Sounds like rotor or brake pad problem.


Here is Video of How to replace front brake pads and rotors, and rear brake pads on toyota camry solara 2006

Mar 16, 2010 | 1991 Toyota Camry

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I NEED TO KNOW WHAT MAINTENANCE/ SERVICE I SHOULD 110,000 MILES


The scheduled maintenance to be performed are listed below:

  1. Replace engine oil and oil filter
  2. Additional Maintenance Items for Special Operating Conditions:
  3. Driving on Rough, Muddy or Snow-Melted Roads
  4. Inspect ball joints and dust covers
  5. Inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs
  6. Inspect drive shaft boots
  7. Inspect nuts and bolts on chassis and body
  8. Inspect steering linkage and boots
  9. Rotate tires
  10. Driving on Unpaved or Dusty Roads
  11. Inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs
  12. Inspect engine air filter
  13. Extensive Idling or Low-Speed Driving for Long Distances
  14. Inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs
  15. Towing a Trailer or Using a Camper or Car-Top Carrier Inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs
  16. Inspect nuts and bolts on chassis and body.

Jan 15, 2010 | 2003 Toyota Camry

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2001 brake pad replacement 2001 nissan quest


The hard part is pressing the caliper piston abck into the caliper so you can get the new, thicker pads over the rotor. A large C Clamp works best.

SECTION 206-03: Front Disc Brake 2001 Villager Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Pads —Front Disc Brake Removal
  1. Remove the wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 204-04 .
  1. Remove the front disc brake caliper bolts. torx bit. T20?
  1. Support the front disc brake caliper from the front strut and spring assembly using mechanics wire.
  1. Remove the front disc brake pads.
    1. Remove the outboard front disc brake pad.
    1. Remove the inboard front disc brake pad.
Installation
  1. s1v~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Make sure the master cylinder reservoir does not overfill and spill brake fluid while retracting the front disc brake caliper piston.
    NOTE: It is necessary to fully retract the front disc brake caliper piston in the bore before installing the front disc brake pads.
    Install the front disc brake pads.
    1. Install the inboard front disc brake pad.
    1. Install the outboard front disc brake pad.
Caution. The outer pads are left and right. put left on driver side.
  1. Position the front disc brake caliper on the front-wheel knuckle and install the brake caliper pin bolts.
  1. s1v~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif WARNING: It is necessary to depress the brake pedal several times to position the front disc brake caliper piston before driving the vehicle.

Apr 23, 2009 | 2001 Nissan Quest

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Rear brake disc replacement


are your brake pads squeezing the rotor? are your brakes disc or drum? in order to replace pads on disc brakes you need to unbolt the caliper. If you have drum brakes make sure your car is secured and make sure your parking brake isn't on... 

Nov 08, 2008 | 2005 Nissan Pathfinder

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