REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
- Remove some (one-third to one-half) of the brake fluid from the reservoir. As the caliper piston is pushed back into the caliper, brake fluid will be pushed back through the lines, back into the master cylinder and fluid reservoir, possibly causing the reservoir to overflow.
- Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels.
- Raise the vehicle and support safely. Remove the front wheels.
- Remove the caliper guide pin bolts.
- Before removing the caliper, use a large C-clamp to press the piston back into the caliper. This will prevent possible damage to the caliper piston.
- Remove the caliper assembly by swinging the top part of the caliper away from the brake rotor edge, then lift the caliper assembly up.
- If the caliper is not being removed for replacement or overhaul, hang the caliper with a strong piece of wire from the strut spring to prevent damage to the brake hose.
- Remove the outboard brake pad by prying the brake pad retaining clip over raised area on the caliper. Then slide the pad down and off the caliper.
- Remove the inboard brake pad by pulling away from piston until the retainer clip is free from the cavity in the piston.
- Lubricate both the caliper mating surface and the machined abutment surfaces with multi-purpose lubricant.
- Before brake pad installation, be sure to lightly coat the outer backing plate surface of the new brake pads with a disc brake pad anti-squeal lubricant.
- Install brake pads into the caliper assembly making sure both pads are seated securely onto the caliper.
- Install the caliper assembly back into position over the brake rotor and install the caliper guide pin bolts. Tighten the caliper guide pin bolts to 17 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
- Install the wheels and hand-tighten the lug nuts.
- Lower the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern sequence, to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm). Top off the master cylinder to the appropriate level, using DOT 3 type brake fluid only.
- Before moving the vehicle, pump the brakes until a firm pedal is obtained. Road test the vehicle to make sure the brake operation is normal.
Measure lining wear by measuring the combined thickness of the pad and pad backing plate at the thinnest point. It must measure at least 5 / 16 in. (8mm) thick on all vehicles covered by this guide.
Always replace both front brake pad assemblies (inboard and outboard pad) on both front wheels whenever necessary. The specifications given above on front disc brake lining wear should be used as the guide for replacement. State inspection laws may differ from this.