Removal & Installation
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.
- Use a siphon or clean turkey baster to remove about half of the brake fluid from the master cylinder.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the tire/wheel assembly.
- Remove the caliper mounting bolts, then lift the caliper assembly away from the brake rotor.
- Use a suitable piece of wire to suspend the caliper assembly. This will prevent the weight of the caliper from being supported by the brake flex hose which will damage the hose.
- Once the caliper body and brake pads are removed, unfasten the caliper bracket mounting bolts, then remove the bracket from the rotor.
- Remove the rotor retaining screws.
Remove the brake rotor by pulling it straight off the wheel mounting studs or if seized in place, remove the stubborn brake rotor by threading in two 8 x 1.25mm bolts, two turns at a time until the brake rotor is released.
- If necessary, completely retract the piston into the caliper using a large C-clamp or other suitable tool as provided in the front disc brake pad replacement procedures in this section.
- Install the brake rotor onto the wheel hub and tighten the mounting screws.
- Install the caliper mounting bracket and secure with the retaining bolts.
- Install the caliper and pad assembly over the brake rotor and mounting bracket and install the mounting bolts.
- Fill the master cylinder to the proper level with fresh brake fluid.
- Install the tire/wheel assembly and lower the vehicle.
Pump the brake pedal until the brake pads are seated and a firm pedal is achieved before attempting to move the vehicle.
CAUTIONDo not move the vehicle until a firm pedal is obtained.
- Road test the vehicle to check for proper brake operation.