Monday, February 6, 2012

How To Change Rear Brake Pads and Rotors on a 1988 - 1996 pontiac Grand Prix

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 Your guide to replace 1988 - 1996 pontiac grand prix rear brakes and rotors.

Tools Needed
  • Jack
  • Lug Nut Wrench
  • 18mm Flat Wrench
  • 18mm Socket
  • 3/8 Ratchet
  • 3/8 Extention
  • Rear brake calipe tool ( advance auto/ napa / autozone etc. will know if you ask them.)
  • Flat Head Screw Driver
  • Hammer
  • Put the Jack under the car and lift up on a solid part of the car. Only lift a little make sure the tire is still touching the ground.
    Losen the lug nuts.
    Lift the car untill tire is completly off the ground.
    Remove lug nuts.
    Remove the tire. 
    With tire removed this is what you will see.
    Remove the 2 18mm bolts holding the caliper on.
    The top one can be removed with a wrench and 18mm socket
    if you cant get it to fit try the following
    18mm flat wrench/ crecent wrench
    Bottom one can be removed with 18mm socket and wrench
    Remove the bolts slid the caliper off the rotor and let hang to the side
    The rotor may be rusty and hard to remove
    tapping on the rotor with a hammer will brake it loose.
    pry the old brake pad off with a flat head screw driver.
    Put the Rear brake caliper tool in and turn The brake piston in.  
    Passenger side  - Clockwise
    Drivers sider - Counter Clockwise
    to make it easier to turn bolt it back to the car without the rotor on.
    Then use the rear caliper tool
    It will make it easier than trying to hold it and turn.
    Once it goes all the way back in make sure the caliper looks like the following:
    The two tabs on the brake pad slide in the slot
    The other Pad slids on with the two clips.
    The two tabs slid into the holes in the caliper
    Should like like this once the pads are in. 
    Slid the new Rotor on.
    Slid the caliper back on over the rotor and put the bolts back on.
    If it does not fit over the rotor you may need to turn the piston in more.

    Put the tire back on and tighten the lug nust as tight as possible.

    Lower the jack.


    Enjoy i hope this can help you when it comes time to do your brakes on your car.

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