How to Change Brake Pads on a 2006 Silverado

by Allen MooreUpdated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • 2 Wheel chocks

  • Lug wrench

  • Floor jack

  • 2 jack stands

  • Drop pan

  • Brake cleaner

  • Socket set

  • White lithium grease

  • Caliper piston tool

  • Torque wrench

The brake pads on a 2006 Chevy Silverado take the brunt of the abuse delivered to the brake system when you stop your truck. The pads squeeze against the brake rotors to bring the Silverado to a halt, but each time this happens, a tiny amount of pad material wears away on the rotor surface. Sooner or later, you’ll need to change the brake pads on your 2006 Silverado. Anyone with basic auto-repair experience can perform this task in a matter of hours.

Push the wheel chocks against the front and back of left-rear tire to prevent the Silverado from rolling. Turn all the truck’s front lug nuts counterclockwise to loosen them.

Jack the front end off the ground and place the jack stands under the front frame. Lower the Silverado onto the jack stands, carefully. Remove the front lug nuts and wheels manually.

Set the drop pan under the Silverado’s left-front brake assembly. Rinse all the brake dust off the rotor, caliper and hub using brake cleaner.

Unbolt the Silverado’s left-front brake caliper with the socket set. Lift the caliper out of the caliper bracket and remove the old brake pads manually.

Wash the inside of the Silverado’s left-front caliper thoroughly with the brake cleaner to remove any brake dust. Lubricate the slide pins with the white lithium grease. Push the pistons back into the caliper with your caliper tool.

Set the Silverado’s new brake pads into position by hand. Slip the caliper back over the brake rotor and thread the caliper bolts back in by hand. Tighten the bolts with the socket set.

Move to the Silverado’s right-front and repeat steps three through seven. Put the front wheels and lug nuts on the truck by hand. Lower the Silverado off the jack stands using the floor jack.

Tighten the Silverado’s front lug nuts to 140 foot-pounds using the torque wrench. Move the wheel chocks away from the Silverado’s back tire before driving.

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