Removal & Installation
Brake pads may contain asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surfaces. When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely.
- Remove the wheels.
- If necessary, siphon a sufficient quantity of brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir to prevent any brake fluid from overflowing the master cylinder when removing or installing new pads. This may be necessary as the piston must be forced into the caliper bore to provide sufficient clearance when installing the pads.
- Grasp the caliper from behind and carefully pull it to start to seat the piston(s) in its bore.
- Loosen and remove the caliper mounting bolts, then remove the caliper assembly, without disconnecting the brake line. Position it aside.
- Slide out the old brake pads along with any anti-squeal shims, springs, pad wear indicators and pad support plates. Make sure to note the position of all assorted pad hardware.
- Check the brake disc (rotor) for thickness and run-out. Inspect the caliper and piston assembly for breaks, cracks, fluid seepage or other damage. Replace as necessary.
- Install the pad support plates into the torque plate.
- Install the pad wear indicators onto the pads. Be sure the arrow on the indicator plate is pointing in the direction of rotation.
- Install the anti-squeal shims on the outside of each pad and then install the pad assemblies into the torque plate.
Position the caliper back down over the pads. If it won't fit, use a C-clamp or hammer handle and carefully force the piston into its bore.
NOTEOn dual piston calipers, be sure to press both pistons in at the same time.
- Install and tighten the caliper mounting bolts.
Install the wheels and lower the vehicle. Check the brake fluid level.
WARNINGBefore moving the vehicle, make sure to pump the brake pedal with short strokes to seat the pads against the rotors, otherwise the vehicle may have no braking.