Removal & Installation
- Using a suction gun, remove approximately 2 / 3 of the brake fluid from the master cylinder. The reason for this is that the caliper pistons must be pushed back into their bores so the caliper can be removed from the rotor. This could cause the brake fluid to overflow from the reservoir onto painted surfaces or wiring.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle on safety stands.
- Mark the relationship of the wheel to the hub so it can later be installed in the same relationship. This helps retain the balance of the rotating assembly.
- Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
- It is not necessary to remove the brake lines or parking brake cable (as equipped) when removing a caliper to service the brake rotors. It is necessary to use care not to damage the brake hose by letting the caliper hang. The weight of the caliper can damage the brake hose. Remove the caliper and suspend it from the strut with a wire hook or suitable piece of wire. Do NOT disconnect the brake hose or allow the caliper to hang from the brake line.
Remove the rotor assembly by simply pulling it off the hub.
- Clean all parts well. Make sure the metal contact surfaces between the brake rotor and the hub bearing flange are clean. Sandpaper and/or wire brush these areas to make sure they are clean.
- Install the brake rotor over the hub assembly.
- Install the brake caliper.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Carefully lower the vehicle, then fill the master cylinder reservoir to the FULL level with the correct type of DOT 3 brake fluid from a clean, unsealed container.
- Firmly depress the brake pedal three times before moving the vehicle. This reseats the brake pads and moves the caliper pistons back to their operating positions. Do not attempt to move the vehicle until a firm brake pedal has been established.