Replace front brake pads

Item: Duralast Gold Ceramic brake pads – $36 from Autozone
Time: 2 hrs, but probably just a 1hr job

1. start with a beautiful, yet squeaky car

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2. get under the car with the jack and get crankin – use at least a 2-ton jack

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3. rest the car on jack stands (both sides simultaneously). remove the wheels.

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4 (optional). spray down the rotor with brake cleaner and wipe it off to clean some of the gunk accumulated.

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5. this is the caliper. using a 14mm wrench, unbolt the two nuts where my fingers are making contact. there is a 3rd nut in the center – dont remove it.

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6. the brake hose connecting is too short to allow the components to hang. use a ziptie and hang it off your spring (or however else you fancy).

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7. the 4 shims (2 outer/2 inner) and 2 brake pads (1 outer/1 inner) will now just slide out. marvel at the brake pads that have lasted 60k miles!!

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8. old versus new. see the difference in thickness! OMGWTF!

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9. for some odd reason, my left pads were quite a bit more worn out than my rights!!?

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10. this is the wear indicator on the inner brake pad on the top corner closest to the center. mine had the brake dust cleaned off – methinks because it was rubbing on the rotor causing the grinding sound.

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11. apply some Anti-Squeal grease between the new brake pads and the shims (photo shows old brake pad). just a few dabs should be okay.

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12. place the shims on the inner/outer brake pads and slide the whole assembly on to the clips (it will be obvious where they go).

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13. lucky # 13. gosh, this was the painful part. the piston is extended and won’t let you slide it back on the pads. use a C-clamp and push it back in. the other side of the clamp you don’t see is on the middle nut you shouldn’t have removed. Autozone will rent you a brake pad installation kit with a compressor and what not.

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14. with the caliper compressed, the assembly should slide back on the pads. torque down the 2 bolts to 25

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15. all is well now. throw the wheels back in and jack the car back down.

Stand back and admire your hardwork . NOW, YOUR CAR IS MUCH FASTER….. of a stopper.

Take it out for a drive someplace safe. Mind you, you will need to pump the brake a couple of times before it will first bite.

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