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Front Brake Pad Replacement

Thought I'd upload a photo guide to changing the front brake pads.

Only tools required were a jack, axle stands, a 14mm spanner, a caliper wind back tool and a tie-wrap to hold the caliper up.








Jack up vehicle and support with an axle stand, remove road wheel


Using a 14mm spanner or socket remove these two bolts at rear of caliper, remove caliper and support securely so as not to strain brake hose


Remove the old pads and retain the anti-squeal shims


Slider bolts


Once removed you should be left with this view


Use a brake caliper piston wind back tool and push piston fully to the rear,(Note make sure you unscrew the fluid reservoir cap at master cylinder under the bonnet)


Once pushed in it will look like this


Fit new brake pads in a reversal of removal


Refit anti-squeal shims


Refit caliper and slider bolts and torque to specification, repeat process on the other side, tighten fluid reservoir cap, refit wheels and then press brake pedal until a firm pedal is achieved...once satisfied road test and brake gently to bed in new pads and then enjoy improved braking response.

This should take approximately twenty minutes per side to complete.
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OK now sorted out pictures!
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Description sorted now as well...hope its of use!
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Thank you for the picture it's really clear
No action with the ABS?
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The only thing I might add to this is your slider pins should be cleaned and lubed.

Ask at the auto parts store cause its not grease, per se. Some sort of silicone stuff but its special, not what you have laying around. (Although I stand to be corrected on that statement)

Love a post with pictures, nice and clear.

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Nice post, good photos, good step-by-step. Thanks!
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Thank you for the picture it's really clear
No action with the ABS?
No this doesn't involve anything to do with the ABS.
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The only thing I might add to this is your slider pins should be cleaned and lubed.

Ask at the auto parts store cause its not grease, per se. Some sort of silicone stuff but its special, not what you have laying around. (Although I stand to be corrected on that statement)

Love a post with pictures, nice and clear.
Thanks...I did do the sliders but forgot that bit! Oops!

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Thank you, I started to do one for Track Rod End replacement but hit an issue with removing the old joint half way through so once that is resolved I will post a guide on that as well!
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Do you have change the rear pad?
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80+ percent of your braking is done via the front wheels so generally speaking you just visually check the rear pads. If there is material on the rear pads you are good to go. Its best to remove the wheel and inspect front and back pad, I've seen a front pad look good while the back pad is worn out. Not supposed to happen that way but it can.

The thing is to get them changed before the pads reduce to metal backing or even before the squealers activate. Saves your rotors, making a brake job easy peasy in your driveway.

I have a Suzuki XL7 with just under 400,000K with original rotors and they still measure within specs.

Those with front discs/rear drums need to do things a bit differently, inspect the rears at least every second tire rotation, both to ensure you can get the drum off the wheel and to have a look. The best ongoing thing for drum equipped Patriots is to 1) use the E brake often, its how your brakes keep in adjustment and 2) once a month or so find a lot or road that is safe and do a bunch of braking while moving in reverse. High speed (for reverse) and low speed, over and over for ten minutes or so.

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I recently replaced my front pads and ordered new ones from rock auto. They came with a small packet of silicone to lube the slider pins with. But I have some anti-seize compound and it says right on the bottle that it can be used on brake sliders.
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Brake job 101

Yea this is the same for most all cars with the exception of my Hyundai which you need a special tool in order to retract the rear caliper piston back in place (needs to be turned clockwise while pressure is applied).
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I've had a lot of success with opening the bleeder screw on the caliper when pushing the piston back. This removes the fluid subject to the most heat rather than pushing it back up through the lines. Top up the fluid when you are done the brake job, pump the brake pedal and check the fluid level after.
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Brake job 101

Yea this is the same for most all cars with the exception of my Hyundai which you need a special tool in order to retract the rear caliper piston back in place (needs to be turned clockwise while pressure is applied).
Yeah the tool used in the sequence above does that as it has a double sided disc with protruding pins which worked fine on my Hyundai Tucson.

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I've had a lot of success with opening the bleeder screw on the caliper when pushing the piston back. This removes the fluid subject to the most heat rather than pushing it back up through the lines. Top up the fluid when you are done the brake job, pump the brake pedal and check the fluid level after.
That's fine if you have the experience and equipment to bleed the brakes afterwards if needs be....however I meant this guide to be a minimal tools/no fuss "how to" for those who are not so confident!
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Do you have change the rear pad?
Rear pads is pretty much the same...it makes it easier if you just undo the bottom caliper slide bolt and then swing the caliper upwards as the brake pipe obstructs access to the top bolt...then just repeat the procedure...pads out...retract piston...refit shims..clips etc and refit new pads..bolt caliper back down.... road test and then have a beer or a cuppa!
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