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Old 02-23-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default What TOOLS/supplies do I need for a brake job?

so I've got:

-sockets
-screwdriver
-stands
-WD-40
-a hammer

need:

-C-clamp?
-various nuts and bolts are going to be rusty and require replacing...
-probably an air wrench and/or or a massive sledgehammer to remove there rusty pieces, unless i get lucky.
-caliper pins?
-rotors machined
-to torque everything properly


just front discs. either there'* NOTHING left on these or the pads are wearing extremely unevenly. also, any particularly special wrench sizes? TIA.
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Might need a breaker bar, 13mm socket I believe. A C-clamp, jack and stands. That'* what you will need.

Hammer to loosen stuck parts, penitrating oil for stuck bolts, new rotors and pads, brake part cleaner and a pack of brake caliper lube.

If calipers are bad you will need to replace those, then blead the lines. No need to blead if your not removing and brake lines.
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calipers would cost dangerously close to what I paid for the car. I think I'm going to replace the pins and lube them up, if that doesn't work you can have the car. keys are above the visor.
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I think calipers are about $35 to $40 each at autozone. If the piston is froze it will need to be replaced. Otherwise reuse them.
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If it'* a 92-99 you will need a 3/8" hex key for the caliper bolts.
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I knew there was one I forgot. I need to do a write up on brake changes.
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If it'* a 92-99 you will need a 3/8" hex key for the caliper bolts.

wouldn't it be metric?
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What a great Idea, I will need to replace pads and turn rotors in a few weeks, I also need to replace drum pads and replace a wheel cylinder soon.
So a write up on Front Discs and rear Drums would be much appreciated.

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UPDATE:

Jacked her up, driver'* side has a nut with a strange looking head on it, looks like this but with more grooves. wtf is it?




also, some major slackage right here. what does this tell you? (not a rhetorical question, really, what does this tell you?)

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Get a pic of that bolt you are talking about. If you need anything on the fronts besides a 3/8" hex or 13mm something ain't right.

Hammer..you'd think so..but it is 3/8. Sorta like the LIM bolts..GM calls them 10mm and you'll round them with a six point 10mm. 3/8 fit perfectly.

The slack in that e-brake cable says it'* unhooked or broken somewhere.
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