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Old 09-16-2006, 06:41 PM   #1
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Im pretty sure my brake pads need to be changed. I have never done it before and was wondering if anyone has a guide and which tools i would need. Also is it possible to just change the fronts or should I do all of them. I did search and didnt get anything. Thanks in advance.
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Remove caliper using a 3/8 allen wrench, theres 2 bolts.
The pads clip out.
Put the new pads in the same way the old ones came out.
And you'll need a large c-clamp to push the piston in the caliper back to fit over the rotor.
(just put the clamp on the back of the caliper and the inside pad)
Then put the caliper back on the way it came off.
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Use disc brake lubricant between the back of the pads and the caliper/piston assemblies to prevent squeaking.
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And you'll need a large c-clamp to push the piston in the caliper back to fit over the rotor.
Don't forget to loosen the brake fluid reservoir prior to pushing the piston back in. Otherwise you may blow a line or a seal in the master cylinder.
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And you'll need a large c-clamp to push the piston in the caliper back to fit over the rotor.
Don't forget to loosen the brake fluid reservoir prior to pushing the piston back in. Otherwise you may blow a line or a seal in the master cylinder.
This is just a personal preference. I loosen the bleeder valve before I push the caliper back into the piston. The advantages of this method is it makes it easier to push the piston back into the caliper. And your not going to push back any crappy brake fluid back into the system. This also forces you to bleed the system. And lets face it, when was the last time THAT was done to this car. Also, I would strongly recommend you replace the front brake lines. You'll probably find that the rubber on those hoses are brittle and might fail you at a most inopportune time. The front brake lines are attached to your brake calipers. They don't last forever and with the milage you have, it'* about time. Also, put some silicon grease on the metal slides when you reinstall them. You could also use this Autozone sight as a guide.

http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...3d8015f1e4.jsp

They have some good points as well. Although I am not sure why they insist on removing the battery cable. I guess they don't want you do drive the car when replacing the brakes.
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Adjust the rear brakes manually as well. You will probably find them with little wear.
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Adjust the rear brakes manually as well. You will probably find them with little wear.
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Adjust the rear brakes manually as well. You will probably find them with little wear.
An Excellent point!!!
I did mine on the advice of WillWren here. The star wheels took two full turns out before the shoes began to contact the drums.

It sure made a difference in the brake feel on this car.

Apparently the self-adjusters work poorly, if at all.
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Any recommendations on pads? Im looking for something pretty cheap. I was checking out Durlast Semi Metallic on autozone for 17.99$ with a limited lifetime warranty. Also is this the price for 1 or 2 pads?
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That should include both sides (4 pads total).Same goes for the back also. Not sure on brand or type, bet someone will come in and have a recommendation for ya.
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