Saturday, May 28, 2011

How to Replace a Brake Caliper?

Park your vehicle on a solid level surface. Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels.Remove the front wheel hub caps if applicable. Using a tire iron, break loose the front wheel lug nuts but do not remove.Using a floor jack, lift up the front of your vehicle.Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds or the frame rails are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.Remove the front wheel lug nuts. Remove the front wheels and set them aside.Inspect the brake caliper for any signs of binding. Look for rust and uneven brake pad wear.
Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts (sliding bolts). Remove the brake caliper. Remove the disc pads if they are attached to the caliper.Support the caliper up and away from the working area. Do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose.Clean and lubricate the sliding bolts.Attach the disc pads to the new caliper if applicable. Install the new caliper over the brake disc (rotor). Attach the caliper to the mounting bracket with the sliding bolts. Tighten the caliper sliding bolts to the manufacturer's specifications.Disconnect the brake line from the old caliper. Attach the brake line to the new caliper using new copper washers. Tighten the banjo bolt to the manufacturer's specifications.Repeat for the other side. Bleed the front brakes.Reinstall the front wheels. Snug down the lug nuts.Remove jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground. Torque the lug nuts to the manufacturer's specifications in a star pattern.Verify that you have a solid brake pedal. Road test the vehicle to verify brake caliper repair.

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