Hi All, This is a question asked a lot, so i thought i would help out on how to change front brake pads, as mine had to be done.
I take no responsibility for any work you perform yourself. If you are not confident, Take your car to a Mechanic.
The Process is very easy, And to save some $$ Should take no more then a hour to replace them, even if its your first time, As this was my first time lol.
Hope this Guide helps out a bit.
Tools Needed Here
Remove Some Fluid from the brake res shown here.
I Recommend to put a towel around it incase it over flows, DO not get any on your paint work as it will eat it. wash it off straight away if you do.
Loosen your front wheel nuts before jack up the car, Or if you have a rattle gun like i did, remove when jacked up.
Jack up the Front of the car with a Trolly jack, Then Place safety stands under the car.
You can use the standard car jack to lift one side up and do one side at a time.
Remove the The front Wheel.
You Will Then Be presented with your Brakes
To Remove the Calliper, Remove the 2 Bolt Pins As Shown, At the Top, And Bottom. Use the Shifter to stop the inside nut from spinning so you can remove the pin.
Then Gentle wiggle the Calliper off.
Remove the Old brake pads from the Disc.
Seat the new pads in, from where you remove the old Pads.
Push the Pistons Back into the Calliper, Using the old pad and a G Clamp as shown
Push the Pistons All the way in till they look like this
Now Simply Push the Calliper back on over the pads, and replace the 2 Bolt Pints removed.
Replace front Wheels, Remove any tools etc before moving the car.
People bed in brakes all differently. From Performing Gentle Stops from a slow speed, Hard stops at 80kms. I decided to do a few slow stops first to make sure the car was going to stop, then performed a few quicker harder stops.
BE SURE TO PUMP THE BRAKES BEFORE DRIVING OFF!! Till they are nice and firm.
Hope this helps Some people.
Would like To thank everyone on Just Commodores for All there help they have provided.
Please Let me know of any mistakes i may have done
Last edited by edals; 09-12-2009 at 06:45 PM.
Dont really see the need to take both caliper pin bolts out, you can just take the bottom pin out and flip the caliper up.
Also make sure you grease up both the top and the bottom pin slide before reassembling the caliper, an ungreased slide can cause premature wearing of a single pad.
Good writeup though and luck to all
Do all new pad sets come with the metal clips? Mine did, so i replaced them, is this necessary all the time?
Would this be the same on a VS or no?
Maxxiz it is the same procedure for a VS...
I like my roo well done
Probably should use Loctite on the 2 bolts as well, as it says in the manual to replace those 2 bolts as they have a special locking compound on the bolts from new.
Not sure whether workshops replace the bolts as the manual says or not. I asked Brakes Plus once when I was buying some pads and they said they use loctite on the bolts when re-installing them. Good write up and pics, very handy, thanks.
Wish i had seen the G-clamp idea before i bought a caliper compressor !... Good write up... many thanks... did my first brake pad change this am... first pad set 30 mins second set 10 mins :P Cheers...g
Hi I am new to this forum Has any one any idea how the hand brake shoes are checked or changed i have just been de -rusting my drums and repaint ,and find that the off side rear drum is hard to turn compared to the other one This is on a VX Commodore Thanks Denis
Thanks for this thread mate.
My front pads are starting to make a grinding sound.Time to change them.