Camaro, Firebird, 1999 - 2002

Brake Pads

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  4.  
  5. Inspect the fluid level in the brake master cylinder reservoir.
  6.  
  7. If the brake fluid level is midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, no brake fluid needs to be removed from the reservoir before proceeding.
  8.  
  9. If the brake fluid level is higher than midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, remove brake fluid to the midway point before proceeding.
  10.  
  11. Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  14.  
  15. Hand-tighten a wheel lug nut to a wheel stud to secure the rotor to the hub.
  16.  
  17. Install large C-clamp over the body of the brake caliper with the C-clamp ends against the rear of the caliper body and against the outboard brake pad.
  18.  
  19. Tighten the C-clamp evenly until the caliper pistons are compressed into the caliper bores enough to allow the caliper to slide past the brake rotor.
  20.  
  21. Remove the C-clamp from the caliper.
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  23. Remove the upper brake caliper guide pin bolt.
    NOTE
    Support the brake caliper with heavy mechanic's wire, or equivalent, whenever it is separated from its mount and the hydraulic flexible brake hose is still connected.

  24.  
  25. Remove the brake pads from the caliper bracket.
  26.  
  27. Remove and inspect the brake pad retainers from the caliper bracket.

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    Fig. C-clamping brake caliper.

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To install:

  1. Inspect the caliper slide boots for cuts, tears, or deterioration. If damaged, replace the slides and the boots.
  2.  
  3. Install large C-clamp over the body of the brake caliper with the C-clamp ends against the rear of the caliper body and against an old inboard brake pad or a wood block installed against the caliper pistons.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the C-clamp evenly until the caliper pistons are compressed completely into the caliper bores.
  6.  
  7. Remove the C-clamp and the old brake pad or wood block from the caliper.
  8.  
  9. Install the brake pad retainers to the caliper bracket.
  10.  
  11. Install the brake pads to the caliper bracket. The brake pad wear sensor, mounted on the inboard brake pad, must be positioned so that it is in the trailing position during forward rotation of the brake rotor.
  12.  
  13. Pivot the brake caliper upward, over the brake pads and into the caliper bracket.
  14.  
  15. Install the upper brake caliper guide pin bolt and tighten to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm)
  16.  
  17. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  18.  
  19. Lower the vehicle.
  20.  
  21. With the engine OFF , gradually apply the brake pedal to approximately 2/3 of its travel distance.
  22.  
  23. Slowly release the brake pedal.
  24.  
  25. Wait 15 seconds, then repeat steps 11-12 until a firm brake pedal apply is obtained; this will properly seat the brake caliper pistons and brake pads.
  26.  
  27. Fill the brake master cylinder reservoir to the proper level.
  28.  
  29. Burnish the pads and rotors.
  30.  


CAUTION
Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  4.  
  5. If the brake fluid level is midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, no brake fluid needs to be removed from the reservoir before proceeding.
  6.  
  7. Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  10.  
  11. Hand tighten a wheel lug nut to a wheel stud to secure the rotor to the hub.
  12.  
  13. Install a large C-clamp over the body of the brake caliper with the C-clamp ends against the rear of the caliper body and against the outboard brake pad.
  14.  
  15. Tighten the C-clamp until the caliper piston is compressed into the caliper bore enough to allow the caliper to slide past the brake rotor.
  16.  
  17. Remove the C-clamp from the caliper.
  18.  
  19. Remove the brake caliper guide pin bolts.
    NOTE
    Support the brake caliper with heavy mechanic's wire, or equivalent, whenever it is separated from its mount and the hydraulic flexible brake hose is still connected.

  20.  
  21. Remove the brake caliper from the caliper bracket and support the caliper.
    NOTE
    Do NOT disconnect the hydraulic brake flexible hose from the caliper.

  22.  
  23. Remove the brake pads from the caliper bracket.
  24.  
  25. Remove and inspect the brake pad retainers from the caliper bracket.
  26.  

To install:

  1. Inspect the caliper slide boots for cuts, tears, or deterioration.
  2.  
  3. Install a large C-clamp over the body of the brake caliper with the C-clamp ends against the rear of the caliper body and against an old inboard brake pad or a wood block installed against the caliper piston.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the C-clamp until the caliper piston is compressed completely into the caliper bore.
  6.  
  7. Remove the C-clamp and the old brake pad or wood block from the caliper.
  8.  
  9. Install the brake pad retainers to the caliper bracket.
  10.  
  11. Install the brake pads to the caliper bracket. The brake pad wear sensor, mounted on the inboard brake pad, must be positioned so that it is in the trailing position during forward rotation of the brake rotor.
  12.  
  13. Install the brake caliper to the caliper bracket.
  14.  
  15. Install the brake caliper guide pin bolts and tighten to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm)
  16.  
  17. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  18.  
  19. Lower the vehicle. With the engine OFF , gradually apply the brake pedal to approximately 2/3 of its travel distance. Slowly release the brake pedal.
  20.  
  21. Wait 15 seconds, then repeat steps 11-12 until a firm brake pedal apply is obtained; this will properly seat the brake caliper pistons and brake pads.
  22.  
  23. Fill the brake master cylinder reservoir to the proper level.
  24.  
  25. Reconnect negative battery cable.
  26.  
  27. Burnish the pads and rotors.
  28.  

 
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