See Figures 1 and 2
The front brake pads may be inspected without removal. With the front end elevated and safely supported, remove the wheel(s). Unlock the steering column lock and turn the wheel so that the brake caliper is out from under the fender.
View the pads (both inner and outer) through the cut-out in the center of the caliper. Remember to look at the thickness of the pad friction material (the part that actually presses on the disc) rather than the thickness of the backing plate which does not change with wear. Replace the brake pads if the remaining lining is below 3 / 32 in. (2.4mm).
Remember that you are looking at the profile of the pad, not the whole thing. Brake pads can wear on a taper which may not be visible through the window. It is also not possible to check the contact surface for cracking or scoring from this position. This quick check can be helpful only as a reference; detailed inspection requires pad removal.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
- If equipped with an air bag, disconnect the negative battery cable and properly disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), as detailed in Chassis Electrical .
- Loosen the lug nuts, then raise and support the vehicle safely.
- Remove the wheel.
- As required, separate the brake hose clamp from the strut or knuckle by removing the retaining bolts.
- Remove the lower caliper retaining bolt and pivot the caliper upward, off the pads.