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Just want instructions to replace front rotors and brake pads on 1995 GMC 1500 4x4

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This procedure is the same for both 2 and 4 wheel drive models from 1995-2001

Remove the lug nuts on both front wheels and take off both wheels. This will reveal the front disc brakes, calipers, pads, and rotors. Take note how they are assembled.

Pry the caliper piston back by placing a pry bar between the back of the rotor and the brake pad, and pull back toward you. This will force the piston back into the caliper to free the rotor so you can remove the caliper and pads. Leave the steering wheel unlocked.

Remove the mounting bolts (55MM Torx) from the caliper (move brake rotor towards you for clearance) and remove it. Remove the brake pads from the mounting brake. Take the brake pads out of the caliper and lay aside.

Clean the caliper slides and mounting bolts. The pads come with anti-rattle shims. Place the pads in the mounting bracket. Take a c-clamp and push the caliper piston the rest of the way back in the caliper. Replace the caliper on the mounting bracket and install both mounting bolts and tighten. Use the same procedure on the other side.

The brake rotor is held on by a 30MM nut, remove the cap and then use a set of side cutters to pull the cotter pin out, remove the nut and washer and outer wheel bearing and remove rotor from spindle. Remove the grease seal from the rear of the old rotor and then remove the rear wheel bearing, apply a generous amount of grease to the new brake rotors bearing races and install rear bearing from old rotor (clean and grease the old bearing) into new rotor and then tap in the new grease seal over the bearing, slide the rotor onto the the spindle and then install the cleaned and greased outer wheel bearing and washer, tighten the spindle nut until the rotor is hard to move, then back off and repeat, then back off until the rotor just starts to turns free and then turn the nut until it is just tight, rotate rotor it should spin free, DO NOT over tighten the spindle nut. Reverse the directions for the brake caliper to reinstall over rotor.

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