How to Change Brake Pads on a Hyundai Tiburon

by Jule Pamplin

The Tiburon was Hyundai's first foray into the sports coupe arena in the United States. Along with sporty styling and increased performance, the Tiburon included safety features designed to exceed the standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To ensure that those standards are upheld throughout the life of the vehicle, it is important that proper usage and maintenance of the anti-lock braking system is observed. At the sign of brake pad wear, Tiburon owners may choose to have their vehicle serviced by a professional mechanic, or they can change the brake pads themselves.

1

Park the Hyundai in an area that affords ample space to work on both sides of the vehicle. Place tire blocks behind the rear tires to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Put the transmission in "park." Engage the parking brake.

2

Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels using the tire iron.

3

Lift the Tiburon with the lifting jack. Place jack stands beneath the frame of the vehicle leaving enough clearance between the road and the tires to remove the wheels.

4

Remove the lug nuts and pull the wheels from the lug-nut bolts.

5

Remove the caliper bolts. The two bolts are located on the outside wall of the caliper, nearest to the Hyundai's frame. Use a 13mm socket and ratchet to remove the bolts. Pull the caliper from the rotors. The caliper will open on its bottom hinge.

6

Slide the brake pads from the caliper. The pads are fixed to the caliper by metal clips that slide onto the walls of the caliper.

7

Open the caliper piston. The piston is a cylindrical piece of metal that protrudes from the inner wall on one side of the caliper. Use vise-grip pliers to squeeze the piston against the caliper wall until it is flush with the caliper wall surface.

8

Slide the new brake pads onto the caliper walls by their metal clips.

9

Place the caliper around the rotor and insert the two caliper bolts. Tighten the bolts with a 13m socket and ratchet.

10

Return the wheels to the lug nut bolts and screw on the lug nuts by hand.

11

Lift the Hyundai using the lifting jack. Remove the jack stands, and then lower the vehicle to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron.

12

Press the brake pedal six times to reset the caliper piston.

Tip

  • check When opening the caliper piston to allow for the bulkier new brake pads, you are forcing the brake fluid from the caliper. Pressing the brake pedal after the replacement will force brake fluid into the caliper, resetting the caliper piston.

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About the Author

Jule Pamplin has been a copywriter for more than seven years. As a financial sales consultant, Pamplin produced sales copy for two of the largest banks in the United States. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University, winning a meritorious scholarship for the Careers in Applied Science and Technology program, and later served in the 1st Tank Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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