How to Change Brake Pads on a Pontiac Vibe

by Jericho McCune

The Pontiac Vibe, also sold as the Toyota Matrix, is compact hatchback that was produced as a joint venture between Pontiac and Toyota from 2002 until 2009. The brake pads on the Pontiac Vibe push against the rotors to create friction, which stops the vehicle. The brake pads wear down over time until a squealing sound is created when the brake pedal is depressed. This indicates the brake pads need to be replaced and the rotors should be inspected.

Step 1

Park the Vibe on a flat, level surface and set the parking brake. Loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench. Place the jack under the front center of the frame and lift it. Put jack stands under both axles. Finish removing the lug nuts with a lug wrench. Remove the wheel.

Step 2

Remove the caliper mounting bolts with a socket wrench. Remove the caliper and hang it from the steering knuckle with a length of wire so it doesn't get damaged.

Step 3

Pull back on the brake pad retaining clips until they lock open. Slide the brake pads off. If the brake pads are stuck, pry them free with a flat head screwdriver. Inspect the rotors for damage.

Step 4

Place a small amount of silicone grease on the back of a new brake pad and slide it in place. Push the brake pad retaining clips closed until they snap into position.

Step 5

Remove the wire from the brake caliper. Place the brake caliper in position and tighten the mounting bolt with a socket wrench.

Step 6

Put the wheel back on and tighten the lug nuts with a lug wrench until the wheel begins to turn. Remove the jack stands and lower the Vibe. Tighten the lug nuts completely with a lug wrench.

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