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Old 04-17-2009, 09:47 PM
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Hello,

I have heard that it is pretty simple to replace brake pads.
Could someone list the steps for me?

My car is a 1993 850 GLT with disc brakes and the Rotors are good...

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Old 04-18-2009, 01:17 AM
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If you have never done it before, please don't start now, on your own.

Not to discourage you from DIY but brakes are a safety critical system on your car. While replacing brake pads is not rocket science, it is not something you can afford to make a mistake on.

If you really want to learn how to repair brakes, watch someone else do it who knows what they're doing; then you can try it with their supervision. If that's not feasible, take an auto shop class from the local community college.

Please don't skimp on safety; yours and everyone else's out there on the road with you.
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They are very simple, pick up a Haynes manual and it will walk you through it step by step. The hardest part is getting the spring clip snapped back in in the fronts when you are done. The Haynes neglects the importance of grease on the back of the pads to eliminate squealing. I use Sil Glyde on the back of my pads and the pins.

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Thanks for the good advice gdog. I'll get a Haynes manual and check it out.
I watched my certified mobile mechanic do some of the work on my C70.
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Thankyou Lee,
I'll check out a Haynes manual. jc
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They are very simple, pick up a Haynes manual and it will walk you through it step by step. The hardest part is getting the spring clip snapped back in in the fronts when you are done. The Haynes neglects the importance of grease on the back of the pads to eliminate squealing. I use Sil Glyde on the back of my pads and the pins.

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Thanks man, squealing on low speed is my problem. I think that my neighbors hate me because of that.
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Make sure you use OEM pads. They are worth the extra cost and you will not be happy with cheaper pads. These cars are very sensitive to what pads they have on them. I hate squealing brakes and every time I have used anything but OEM I have had squealing.

If your pads have been changed more than once, I would change the rotors too. If you watched somebody do it on a C70 and got a feel for what to do, you should be fine.

I always let my wife take the first test drive to make sure I did a good job. If she doesn't end up in the creek across the steet I did good.
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LOL!!! good one jim.
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Make sure you use OEM pads. They are worth the extra cost and you will not be happy with cheaper pads. These cars are very sensitive to what pads they have on them. I hate squealing brakes and every time I have used anything but OEM I have had squealing.

If your pads have been changed more than once, I would change the rotors too. If you watched somebody do it on a C70 and got a feel for what to do, you should be fine.
Good advice, but I have had good luck with PBR pads from ipd too; read the instructions; break in is critical!

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Aren't wives the greatest!
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Job is easy, just make sure you have a torx bit t45 to undo the bolts holding the caliper.
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Job is easy, just make sure you have a torx bit t45 to undo the bolts holding the caliper.
It is actually a 7MM allen. The T-45 will work but I have seen people strip the screw out using the T-45.
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