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How to Change the Brake Pads on a 2000 Blazer

by Grace Mclain; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Tire tool

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • 10 mm Allen wrench

  • Bungee cord

  • C-clamp

  • New brake pads

The brake pads on the 2000 Chevrolet Blazer are the main components that stop the truck. The braking system includes the brake fluid, brake calipers, brake pads and the brake rotors. The brake pads are housed inside of the brake calipers. Once the brake pedal is applied, the brake calipers push the brake pads towards the brake rotors. When the cylinder inside of the brake caliper has fully compressed against the brake pads, the 2000 Chevrolet Blazer will come to a safe stop. The brake pads must be changed before the pads wear down to the wear indicators, which will emit an audible squeal when the pads have worn far enough.

Park the 2000 Chevrolet Blazer and engage the emergency brake.

Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels with the tire tool.

Slide the jack under the 2000 Chevrolet Blazer and position the jack under the cross frame underneath the engine. Jack the Blazer up and put a jack stand under the appropriate front jacking point on both sides of the Blazer. Slowly release the jack so that the Blazer comes to a secure stop on top of the jack stands. Leave the jack under the Blazer and in the upright position.

Remove the lug nuts from the front driver-side wheel and pull it off of the wheel hub. Place the wheel face down.

Locate the caliper that is mounted to the side of the rotor. Then, locate and remove the two 10 mm Allen-head bolts from the rear of the caliper with the 10 mm Allen wrench. Turn the bolts counterclockwise to loosen and remove them.

Slide the flat-head screwdriver between the brake pads and the brake rotor. Pry back and forth until the caliper is loose enough to remove from the rotor.

Pull the caliper off the rotor and hang it to the steering knuckle behind the wheel hub assembly with the bungee cord.

Pull the inner brake pad from the brake caliper. Position the C-clamp inside of the caliper facing the outer brake pad. Turn the C-clamp clockwise so that it compresses the outer brake pad towards the caliper cylinder. Compress the cylinder until it has fully retracted inside of the brake caliper. Unscrew the C-clamp and remove it from the caliper.

Pull the outer brake pad out of the caliper along with any brake pad accessories. Put the new brake pads into the caliper along with any brake pad accessories such as any shims and clips. Remove the bungee cord and secure the brake caliper back onto the side of the rotor. Then, put the wheel back on.

Reverse the same steps as outlined above for replacing the brake pads on the front passenger side of the 2000 Chevrolet Blazer. When you have finished changing the brake pads, crank the Blazer and compress the brake pedal in and out six times. This will seat the new pads to the brake rotor. Turn the engine off and close the hood. Jack the Blazer back up and remove the jack stands. Lower the Blazer to the ground and remove the jack.

Tips

Installing install new brake pads without having the brake rotors either machine-turned or replaced can be unsafe. When new brake pads are applied to worn brake rotors, it can cause unsafe and uneven braking.

Warnings

Use caution when working around the Blazer when it is on jack stands.

References

About the Author

Grace Mclain has been writing professionally since 1998. Her articles have appeared on eHow.com, Answerbag.com and LIVESTRONG.COM, and she specializes in automotive and business topics. McIain has a professional writing certificate from JB Hunt in Little Rock, Ark.

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