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Old 04-08-2009, 08:12 AM   #1
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So its getting around that time to replace my brake pads. The last couple days its been pretty noisy. I had someone else look at my rotors to make sure that I didnt damage them too bad, seeing that I still drive it with bad pads. My question is, is replacing the brakes an easy job for a someone whose never done them before? And will pads from autozone do just fine?
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Re: brakes

its very easy, the only issue is the rear... you see when you take the caliper off the new pads are thicker so.. the piston needs to go back in to make room. You may need a special tool to get the rear piston to slide back in to make room for the new pads.

For the front you jack the car up and put it on stands and take the front wheel off. There are 4 bolts, you only remove two (the two that bolt the caliper to the knuckle, dont remove the other two they dont help you get the caliper off) those are tuff to get off so turning the steering wheel to the side so you can get a longer wrench in there to break the bolts loose is a good thing to do.

After those are off you can pull the caliper off the rotor. Then just slide the pads out (make SURE you look at the pads and all that to ensure the new ones go in the same, if your new pads come with little metal things look at how they are currently on the pad so you put them back in the same) then put the pads in and use a C clamp to push the piston back into the caliper for the front so you make room for the larger pads (than the worn out ones)

all that is left is tightening the bolts, the brake bolts need to be quite tight, check specs but I do belive its 85ftlbs for those bolts.

The rear is the same thing but the tool to get the pistons to compress may need to be rented from auto zone, its like a square little end tool. The tq specs on the rear brakes I do not know.
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Re: brakes

Just what I needed to know. Thanks alot!
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And will pads from autozone do just fine?[/QUOTE]


Bump on the instructions, it’s not hard; you need to collapse the piston in the caliper with a c-clamp to install the new pads. If your brakes are grinding and making a lot of noise you will need to turn your rotors. If you do the work yourself, make sure you pump the brakes till they get hard before you drive your car. It’s just a precaution to take up the slack in the calipers from collapsing them with the c-clamp.

I would use at lease the lifetime pads from AutoZone or the best pad they have (metallic), if NAPA is available I would use there pads. They might be more money, but you get what you pay for. Good luck, you can do it.
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Re: brakes

i got Hawk pads all the way around on my car which work great but if your looking for an OEM style pad i would go with Wagners.
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Re: brakes

i've changed pads before but not on my car and i never used a torch wrench do you have to and how much is a torch wrench anyway
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torque, not torch lol

I bought mine on sale for around $250, but it's not necessary, just loc-tite your caliper mounting bolts and you'll be ok. Make sure you use the special tool for the rear calipers so you don't damage them. You'll probably also need one hell of a cheater bar to get the front cailper bracket bolts off as they are usually rediculously tight.
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The rear you will need a special tool to turn the piston as it pushes in. autozone rents the tool or you can go to harbor freight and buy the tool for like 20 bucks
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I use the old fashion torgue wrench I tighten the bolts until my elbow snaps
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Re: brakes

I just did my front brakes, found an online source for OEM parts (PBR)pads and rotors.
Cost $150.00 CDN tax in, delivered. Cant beat that.
Be sure to apply an anti squeek compound to pad back plates and lubricate caliper sliding pins.
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I use the old fashion torgue wrench I tighten the bolts until my elbow snaps
That’s all he needs, he’s not going to torque rods and mains, but get them tight
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Well everything went pretty smooth. DarkShadows was right bout the rear..had to rent it from autozone for 55. I also had to get my left rear rotor turned..I didnt realize how bad it was scrubbing until I had the pad off. Over all, it was fairly easy. Thanks
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