Montana, Silhouette, Venture 2000-2005

Brake Pads

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
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.

  1. Remove 2 / 3 of the brake fluid from the master cylinder.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Place a C-clamp around the outer pad and caliper; tighten the C-clamp until the piston is fully compressed in the caliper. Remove the lower bolt and swing the caliper up.
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  7. Remove the pads from the caliper.
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  9. Remove the retainers.
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To install:

  1. Clean and lubricate the sleeves and bushing with silicon lubricant.
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  3. Install the retainers in the caliper.
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  5. Install the pads in the caliper.
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  7. Install the caliper.
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  9. Install the wheel and tire assemblies.
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  11. Lower the vehicle, refill the master cylinder and pump pedal to attain full brake pedal before Road-testing the vehicle.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    Inspect the fluid level in the brake master cylinder reservoir. If the brake fluid level is midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, then no brake fluid needs to be removed from the reservoir before proceeding. If the brake fluid level is higher than midway between the maximum full point and the minimum allowable level, then remove brake fluid to the midway point before proceeding.

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  3. Remove the wheel, marking the location of the wheel to the hub prior to removal. Mark the individual location of all retainers as they are removed.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Unclamp the wheel speed sensor (WSS) harness from the lower control arm
     
    Upper and lower caliper bolts from the caliper
     
    Pull the caliper straight off of the bracket and secure out of the way with heavy mechanics wire. DO NOT disconnect the hydraulic brake flexible hose from the caliper
     
    Inboard and outboard pads from the brake caliper bracket
     

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To install:

  1. Clean the brake pad hardware mating surfaces on the caliper bracket of any debris or corrosion.
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  3. Inspect the brake pad retainer clips and replace, if necessary.
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  5. Inspect the piston boot. Replace if damaged.
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  7. Retract the brake caliper piston into the brake caliper bore. Use a suitable spanner type wrench and turn the piston clockwise until it bottoms out fully in the brake caliper.
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  9. Align the indents on the piston face to match the pin on the back of the inboard brake pads.
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  11. Install or connect the following:

    Brake pad retainers into the brake caliper bracket
     
    Inboard and outboard brake pads into the brake caliper bracket insuring that the pad with the metallic wear sensor is placed on the inboard side of the bracket
     
    Slide the caliper onto the bracket insuring that the bracket guide boots are not damaged
     
    Brake caliper bolts and tighten the bolts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm)
     
    WSS harness onto the lower control arm
     

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  13. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Tighten the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (140 Nm) in a criss-cross pattern, after aligning the wheel hub with the reference mark and holes as shown in appropriate illustration.
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  15. Lower the vehicle.
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  17. With the engine OFF, gradually apply the brake pedal to approximately  2 / 3 of its travel distance. Slowly release the brake pedal.
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  19. Wait 15 seconds, then repeat steps until a firm brake pedal apply is obtained. This will properly seat the brake caliper pistons and brake pads.
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  21. Fill the brake master cylinder reservoir to the proper level.
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