GM Corvette 1963-1982 Repair Guide

Brake Pads

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INSPECTION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: When the brake pad has worn to the thickness of the metal part of the brake shoes, you know it is time to replace the pads



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Fig. Fig. 2: Front Disc Brake Rotor/Brake Caliper



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Fig. Fig. 3: Rear Disc Brake Caliper/Rear Disc Brake Rotor

Brake pads should be replaced when the lining is worn to the approximate thickness of the metal part of the shoe.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 4, 5 and 6

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Fig. Fig. 4: Use needle-nose pliers to remove the cotter pin from the end of the brake pad retaining pin



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Fig. Fig. 5: Withdraw the retaining pin from the caliper ...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... then remove the brake pads. It may be helpful to use pliers to remove the pads from the caliper assembly

  1. Drain 2 / 3 of the brake fluid from the master cylinder.
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The insertion of the thicker replacement brakes will push the caliper pistons back into their bores and the resulting hydraulic action will cause a full master cylinder to overflow.

  1. Raise and support the car and remove the wheels.
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  3. Extract and discard the cotter pin found on the end of the brake pad retaining pin(s) (two retaining pins on heavy duty brakes).
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  5. Withdraw the retaining pin(s) and remove the pads.
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  7. Force the caliper pistons into their bores and insert the replacement pads.
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  9. Replace the retaining pins and secure them with new 3 / 32 in. X 5 / 8 in. plated cotter pins. Bleed the system, if necessary.
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