How to Change the Brake Pads on Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer

The brake pads on the Chevrolet car 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 Chevrolet car 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.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Brake Pads on a Cavalier

Apply the parking brake on a flat and hard surface and then release the interior hood release latch.

Open the hood, remove the master cylinder cover and remove 2/3 of the brake fluid with a brake fluid baster. Discard the old fluid. This will make room inside the master cylinder when it's time to compress the front caliper pistons.

Remove the hubcaps (if applicable) and then loosen the front wheel nuts 1/8 of a turn counterclockwise.

Lift the Cavalier with the vehicle jack and support it safely onto jack stands placed under the front frame rails.

Remove the wheel nuts and wheels.

Remove the two caliper mounting bolts using a 3/8-inch hex head wrench or a ratchet with a 3/8-inch hex head ratchet adapter. Remove the sleeves as well.

Pry the caliper and pad assembly off of the rotor using the slotted screwdriver and then hang the caliper to the front strut coil spring by bending the wire coat hanger into a makeshift hook.

Pry the outboard pad dowels off of the caliper housing using the slotted screwdriver.

Pull the inboard pad retaining clips out of the caliper piston.

Compress the piston of the caliper by squeezing it in with a pair of extra large channel locks.

Inspect the rotor for any visible signs of surface damage. If necessary, replace the rotor.

Apply a light coat of silicone lubricant (supplied in the replacement brake pad set) to the flat edges (upper and lower) of the caliper anchor where the backing plates of the pads contact.

Install the inboard pad first into the caliper piston and then install the outboard pad by clipping the dowels onto the caliper housing.

Replace the caliper and pad assembly over the rotors.

Apply a light coat of the silicone lubricant to the sleeves and smooth surface of the caliper mounting bolts and then align them in through the caliper and onto the knuckle. Tighten the bolts.

Replace the wheel and wheel nuts and tighten the nuts to 100 foot-pounds when the Cavalier is sitting on the ground. Repeat the pad replacement procedure for the other side.

Pump the foot brake pedal until it feels firm and then refill the master cylinder with brake fluid after the Cavalier has been lowered and before test driving.

Items you will need

  • Vehicle jack

  • Jack stands

  • Wheel nut wrench

  • Torque wrench

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

  • 3/8-inch hex head key or ratchet adapter

  • Extra large channel locks

  • Brake fluid baster tool

  • Brake fluid

  • Replacement pads

  • Wire coat hanger

  • Slotted screwdriver

 How to Change the Brake Pads on a Camaro

Park the Camaro on level ground and open the hood. Move to the engine compartment.

Remove the master cylinder cap and siphon half of the brake fluid from the reservoir with a turkey baster or syringe. Dispose of the removed fluid. Lay the master cylinder cap loosely on top of the reservoir.

Loosen, but do not remove, the lug nuts on the wheels corresponding to the brake pads you will be replacing. Use the tire iron or a 21-mm socket and breaker bar to crack the lugs.

Place the floor jack beneath the frame of the Chevy and lift the vehicle until the tires are at least 2 inches above the ground. Place jack stands beneath the axles to support the vehicle.

Remove the lug nuts and take the wheels off.

Remove the caliper pins on the back side of the caliper with a 13-mm socket wrench.

Lift the caliper away from the caliper bracket, then rest it above the brake assembly or suspend it from the steering arm with a wire hanger or bungee cord.

Slide the worn brake pads from the caliper bracket. Use a flat screwdriver to pry the pads away from the bracket if you are unable to remove them by hand.

Inspect the rotor and the caliper bracket. Look for warping of the rotor; it should be smooth and flat. Make sure there are no cracks or other damage to the caliper bracket. Replace the components if damage is identified.

Apply anti-squeal, copper-based brake grease to the back sides of the new brake pads. Slide the pads into the caliper bracket and against the rotor.

Place the C-clamp or channel lock pliers over the caliper piston and the back side of the caliper. Squeeze the piston into the side of the caliper. The brake fluid in the caliper will be forced through the brake lines and into the master cylinder reservoir.

Remove the C-clamp or pliers once the piston is fully depressed within the caliper. This provides the extra room needed to cover the thicker brake pads.

Replace the caliper over the new brake pads and screw in the caliper pins. Tighten the pins with the 13-mm socket wrench.

Replace the wheels onto the lug bolts and screw on the lug nuts.

Lift the Camaro with the jack and remove the jack stands from beneath the axles. Lower the Chevy's tires to the ground. Use the tire iron to tighten the lug nuts.

Repeat the process for each additional set of brake pads you need to replace. If you only have to replace one set of brake pads, replace the pads on the opposite side as well. Inspect all of the brakes as a part of regular brake maintenance.

Press the brake pedal all the way to the floor three times. Release the pedal and repeat the depressions. Return to the engine compartment.

Remove the master cylinder cap once again and place a funnel into the container. Fill the reservoir with brake fluid. Replace the cap securely onto the master cylinder and close the Camaro's hood.

Items you will need

  • Turkey baster or syringe

  • Drip pan or other container (for removed fluid)

  • Tire iron

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • 13-mm socket wrench

  • Flat screwdriver

  • Brake pads

  • Brake grease

  • Funnel

  • Brake fluid

 How to Change the Brake Pads on a Chevy S-10

Loosen the lug nuts 1/2 turn on both front wheels. Raise the hood and remove the cap on the master cylinder. With a suction bulb, remove half of the brake fluid. Jack your S-10 up with a floor jack, and place jack stands under the frame. Take the lug nuts off both front wheels, then take the wheels off.

Clean the brake assembly by spraying it with brake cleaner. Spray the caliper, rotor, and all mounting bolts. Put a large pan under the assembly to catch the brake cleaner. Work on one side at a time, so you will always have a complete assembly as a visual reference.

Remove the caliper mounting bolts with a socket and ratchet. Take out both mounting bolts and lay them aside where you can find them later.

Remove the caliper assembly from the mounting bracket and take the outside brake pad out of the caliper. Take the inside brake pad out of the caliper mounting bracket and place the pad against the caliper piston. Place a 6-inch C-clamp's hook side against the back side of the caliper, and the screw-side on the inside brake pad. Screw the C-clamp in until the caliper piston is completely retracted into the caliper. Remove the C-clamp and take the caliper off the mounting bracket. Hang the caliper up with a wire to avoid damage to the brake hose.

Take both old brake pads out of the caliper. Replace the anti-rattle clips on the new brake pads, and spray the backs of the pads with brake quiet. The anti-rattle clip goes on the inside brake pad in the caliper piston. Use brake lube to lube both sides of the caliper where it slides into the mounting bracket.

Place both brake pads in the caliper, the one with the anti-rattle clip going on the piston side, the other on the outside. Place the caliper over the rotor and replace the mounting bolts and torque them to 40 foot-pounds with the torque wrench. Repeat the procedure for the other side.

Put both front wheels and log nuts on, and snug with a lug wrench. Jack your S-10 up, remove the jack stands from under the frame, and let the truck down. Retighten both front wheel lug nuts. Refill the master cylinder

Start your S-10 up but do not put it in gear. Pump the brake pedal until it feels firm. Check the master cylinder to be sure it is full.

Items you will need

  • Suction bulb

  • Lug wrench

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket and ratchet set

  • Drain pan

  • Brake cleaner

  • New brake pads

  • Brake lube

  • Brake quiet

  • Torque wrench

 How to Change the Brake Pads on an Equinox

Open the engine compartment and remove 2/3 of the brake fluid from the master brake cylinder using the turkey baster. Put the fluid in the drain pan for later recycling.

Place the wheel chocks behind the rear wheels. Raise the Equinox up with the automobile jack. Place a jack stand under the Chevy near the jacking point and raise it to the frame of the vehicle. Remove the wheel using the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts.

Loosen one bolt on the brake caliper with a socket and ratchet and pivot the caliper up. Remove the front brake pad, but leave the back one in. Use the c-clamp to push the caliper piston back into the caliper housing. Place one jaw on the back of the caliper and the other jaw on the back brake pad and twist it until the piston seats itself. Remove the remaining brake pad from the caliper.

Insert the new brake pads into the caliper. Pivot the caliper down onto the wheel assembly. Tighten the retaining bolt with the socket and ratchet. Place the wheel back on the Equinox and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Remove the jack stand from under the vehicle. Lower the Chevy to the ground and repeat the process on the other wheel.

Add fresh brake fluid to the master cylinder as needed. Pump the brakes several times until the pedal feels firm. This will seat the brake pads against the brake rotor. Check the brake fluid again to be sure it is at proper levels.

Items you will need

  • Automobile jack

  • Jack stand

  • Wheel chocks

  • Lug wrench

  • Drain pan

  • Turkey baster

  • Socket set

  • C-clamp

 How to Change the Brake Pads on a 2000 Blazer

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.

Items you will need

  • Tire tool

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • 10 mm Allen wrench

  • Bungee cord

  • C-clamp

  • New brake pads

 How to Change Brake Pads on a 2001 Chevy Silverado

Park the truck on a relatively flat surface. Apply the parking brake and pull the hood release lever located under the dashboard on the driver's side.

Lift the hood and remove the master cylinder cap. Remove half of the brake fluid in the reservoir with a turkey baster or syringe.

Crack the lug nuts on the wheels with the tire iron. One quarter turn on each nut will suffice.

Place the jack under the truck's frame and lift the vehicle. Place jack stands under the axles and lower the Silverado onto the stands for support.

Remove the caliper slide bolts (or pins) with the 3/8-inch socket and ratchet. Lift the caliper from the caliper mounting bracket and rest it on the rotor or the steering arm above the brake assembly.

Slide the two brake pads for each wheel away from the caliper bracket slots.

Apply brake grease to the back sides of the new brake pads and place them into the bracket's slots.

Lay an old brake pad or block of wood across the two pistons inside each of the front brake calipers. The rear brake calipers have just one piston and therefore do not require the worn pad or block of wood.

Place the C-clamp over the worn pad (or block of wood) and the back side of the caliper. Tighten the C-clamp to force the pistons into the side of the caliper. Remove the clamp and pad once the pistons have been fully opened.

Place the caliper over the new brake pads in the caliper bracket slots. Screw in the caliper pins and tighten them with the 3/8-inch socket and ratchet.

Replace the wheels onto the wheel bolts and screw on the lug nuts by hand.

Lift the Chevy with the jack and remove the jack stands. Lower the Silverado's tires to the ground and tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron.

Repeat steps 5 through 10 for all other sets of brake pads you are changing.

Remove the master cylinder cap and place a funnel inside the container. Pour brake fluid into the container until the reservoir is full. Remove the funnel and replace the master cylinder cap. Close the Silverado's hood.

Items you will need

  • Turkey baster

  • Tire iron

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • 3/8-inch socket

  • Ratchet

  • Brake pads

  • C-clamp

  • Brake grease

  • Funnel

  • Brake fluid

 How to Replace Brake Pads in a Geo Tracker

Drive the Geo Tracker to a safe and level work location. Pull the parking brake up.

Walk around the Tracker to make sure the ground or surface is level underneath the car. Then, loosen each lug nut from the front wheels with a lug nut tool such as a tire tool or a lug wrench. Do not remove the lug nuts.

Slide the floor jack under the front end of the Tracker and position the jack under a safe jacking point. Jack the front just high enough to position the safety stands under the side rails on each side of the car. Make sure the safety stands are positioned close to the back side of the front wheels so that the stands can hold the weight of the front end safely. Lower the jack until the Tracker is sitting securely on the safety stands. Do not remove the jack from the up right position. The jack will act as an additional safety measure.

Unscrew each lug nut from both front wheels. Pull the wheels off the wheel hubs with your hands and place on ground in a flat position.

Go back to the driver's side wheel and look on the side of the brake caliper for the access hole. Use the small pry bar to pry the outboard brake pad toward the caliper cylinder until the cylinder is flush with the cylinder housing. Use the C-clamp if necessary to finish pressing the cylinder into the cylinder housing.

Look on the back of the brake caliper and locate the lower and upper caliper slide bolts. These slide bolts are what connect the caliper to the caliper bracket. Loosen and remove the two slide bolts with the ratchet and a metric socket.

Pull the caliper off the rotor. If the caliper is stuck, pry the bottom of the caliper off. Then pry the top of the caliper off. Wrap a piece of mechanics wire around the caliper and hang it to one of the steering components located behind the wheel hub.

Slide the brake pads out of the retaining clips that are holding the pads to the inside of the caliper. Then install the replacement pads into the retaining clips in the same direction the old pads were in. Look over the pads to make sure they are secure inside of the retaining clips.

Remove the caliper from the steering component and remove the mechanics wire from the caliper. Then mount the brake caliper with the new brake pads back onto the side of the brake rotor with the two slide bolts. Tighten the slide bolts with the ratchet and metric socket until the slide bolts are very tight.

Position the wheel back on the wheel studs and screw on the lug nuts. Tighten each lug nut until the wheel begins to turn. Move over to the passenger side and repeat the steps above to replace the front passenger side brake pads. After replacing the brake pads, jack up the front end of the Geo Tracker and remove the safety stands from under the side rails. Lower the Tracker to the ground.

Finish tightening each lug nut on each front wheel. Go over the lug nuts twice to ensure that each nut is tightly secured to each wheel.

Crank the Geo Tracker and depress the brake pedal all the way to the floor and then back up again three times. This will position the new brake pads the proper distance from the brake rotor. Test drive the tracker to check out the new brake pads.

Items you will need

  • Lug nut tool

  • Floor jack

  • Safety stands

  • Small pry bar

  • C-clamp

  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet

  • Metric socket kit

  • Mechanics wire

  • Replacement brake pads

 How to Change the Brake Pads on a GMC Sonoma

Removing the Brake Pads

Set the parking brake. Ensure the back wheel is chocked. Place a block of wood or a brick behind the back wheel. This will prevent the vehicle from rolling back.

Loosen the lug nuts on the driver's side front wheel. Do not remove the lug nuts as you just want to loosen them.

Jack the vehicle up to raise the wheel off the ground. Take off the lug nuts to remove the wheel.

Take the wheel off the truck. This will expose the caliper.

Locate the bolts in the back of the caliper. Unscrew the bolts with a T-45 Torx bit. This bit should fit on your socket wrench.

Take the caliper off by pulling it off the rotor. Pull the rotor up and out. If the caliper is stubborn and will not come off the rotor, you can tap it with a hammer to loosen it. Do not allow the caliper to hang freely by the brake line. Keep a stool nearby to place the caliper on to keep any tension out of the brake lines.

Pull the brake pads out of the caliper. They are fastened into the caliper and can be pulled out with little force.

Turn the smaller brake pad around and place it against the piston.

Tighten the small brake pad against the piston till the piston is flush with the rest of the caliper. Use a C-clamp positioned between the pad and the back of the caliper. Tightening the C-clamp will push the pad against the caliper. This will push the piston back into the cylinder to make room for new brake pads.

Loosen the C-clamp and remove it and the old brake pad. You now have room to install the new pads.

Installing the Brake Pads

Place the new pads in the caliper. They will click into place. Ensure the large pad is in back and the small one is in front.

Place the caliper back onto the rotor. Ensure the caliper is in position by starting the two bolts. Do not tighten the bolts until both are started.

Tighten the bolts with the socket wrench and the T-45 Torx bit. Ensure the caliper is tight on the rotor.

Install the wheel back onto the wheel studs. Start the lug nuts but do not tighten till all the lug nuts are on the vehicle.

Tighten the lug nuts with the tire tool. Ensure all the lug nuts are tight.

Lower the truck to the ground. Ensure all the lug nuts are tight.

Repeat these steps to the passenger side front wheel. When completed, start up the truck and pump the brake pedal to reset the caliper.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Chock

  • Tire tool

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • T-45 Torx bit

  • Hammer (optional)

  • C-clamp

 How to Replace the Brake Pads on a 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500

Remove two-thirds of the brake fluid from the master cylinder with a brake fluid baster and dispose of the fluid appropriately. Replace the cover to the master cylinder.

Apply the parking brake (unless you're replacing rear brake pads) and place a tire wedge under one of the rear tires (or in front of one of the front tires if you're replacing rear brake pads).

Remove the center caps from the wheels of the axle you're replacing the pads on and then crack the lug nuts loose with the tire nut iron. Do not loosen them more than a quarter turn.

Lift the Silverado using the jack and support the truck onto jack stands to elevate the axle. Remove the nuts and tires.

Use a 6-inch C-clamp to compress the caliper piston. Place the top of the clamp on the back housing of the caliper and then place the driving base of the clamp on the bottom of the outboard pad. Tighten the clamps until the pistons are fully seated in the bores.

Remove the upper and lower caliper guide bolts of the caliper with a hand wrench. Set them aside.

Remove the caliper from the rotor and suspend it to the suspension with a length of durable twine or wire. This will prevent the brake hose from getting damaged.

Remove the old pads from the caliper bracket and then remove the rattle clips (both upper and lower) from the bracket.

Install the new clips onto the bracket and then apply a coating of lubricant (provided in the pad replacement kit) along the pad tabs contact points on the clips. Be careful not to get the lubricant on the rotors. If you do, wipe it off thoroughly.

Install the new pads. The outboard pad has two wear indicators and the inboard pad has one wear indicator.

Replace the caliper over the pads and rotor and then align the caliper to the knuckle. Insert the guide bolts and tighten them according to the specific series of Silverado you have to the proper torque specifications (heavy-duty, 4-wheel drive and 2-wheel drive employ different torque specifications). Use the torque wrench and suitable socket.

Replace the tires and nuts when both sides have been completed. Tighten the nuts snug and then lower the Silverado to the ground by reversing the lifting procedure.

Tighten the lug nuts in a star-pattern with the torque wrench and socket to the correct torque specifications for your model Silverado.

Pump the brake pedal several times until it feels firm. Recheck the master cylinder and add new brake fluid only to the full mark.

Test drive the truck after removing the tire wedge and releasing the parking brake (if applicable).

Items you will need

  • Brake fluid baster

  • Tire wedge

  • Tire nut iron

  • Suitable weight-rated jack

  • Jack stands (2; suitable weight rating)

  • 6-inch C-clamp

  • Hand wrench set

  • Length of durable twine or wire

  • Brake pad replacement set with new clips and lubricant

  • Torque wrench and socket set

  • Torque specifications for Silverado model series

 How to Replace the Brake Pads on a 2004 Malibu V6

Open the Malibu's hood and remove the master cylinder cap. The master cylinder contains brake fluid and is locate at the back of the engine compartment near the firewall.

Loosen the lug nuts with the tire iron on the wheels containing the brake pads you intend to replace.

Place the lifting jack under the Malibu's frame and lift the car so the tires are at least 2 inches clear of the ground. Rest the Chevy on jack stands for support.

Remove the lug nuts from the vehicle's wheel bolts. Remove the wheels.

Remove the caliper slide pins from the back side of the caliper. Use a 13 mm wrench to loosen the bolts.

Pry the brake pads' retaining clips from the edges of the caliper with a trim pry tool or flat screwdriver. The clips secure the brake pads to the caliper.

Place the worn brake pad against the two front brake caliper pistons and secure the pad to the pistons using a C-clamp. Screw the clamp to force the two pistons into the side of the caliper. Remove the C-clamp once the two pistons are completely within the side of the caliper.

Place the C-clamp or locking pliers over the single piston and the back of the caliper on the rear brake. Squeeze the pliers or tighten the clamp to force the rear brake caliper piston into the caliper side. Remove the pliers or clamp once the piston is completely within the caliper's side.

Place the new brake pads on the caliper sides and press them firmly against the caliper to snap on the retaining pins. The pins will snap onto the caliper by hand.

Replace the caliper with new pads attached around the brake rotor. Screw in the caliper slide pins by hand and tighten them using the 13 mm wrench.

Replace the wheels onto the wheel bolts and screw on the lug nuts. Lift the Malibu with the jack to remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground. Tighten the lugs with the tire iron.

Press the brake pedal repeatedly to return the caliper pistons to their proper position. Return to the engine compartment.

Check the brake fluid level inside the master cylinder and fill the reservoir with DOT-3 fluid as necessary. Use a funnel to avoid spilling fluid inside the Malibu's engine compartment. Replace the master cylinder cap and close the Chevy's hood.

Items you will need

  • Tire iron

  • Lifting jack

  • Jack stands

  • 13 mm wrench

  • Flat screwdriver

  • Brake pads

  • Funnel (if necessary)

  • Brake fluid (if necessary)

 How to Change the Brake Pads on 2002 Chevy Pickup

Park the Chevy truck on a flat surface. Engage the parking brake and pull the hood release lever under the dashboard on the driver's side of the truck.

Lift the hood and remove the cap from the master cylinder. The master cylinder contains the vehicle's supply of brake fluid and is located to the right of the Chevy's engine, near the firewall.

Remove half of the brake fluid from the reservoir to prevent the fluid from overflowing when the caliper piston is depressed in future steps. Remove the fluid with a turkey baster or syringe. Dispose of the fluid--do not reuse it. Lay the cap loosely over the master cylinder container.

Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels related to the brake pads you will be changing. Turn each nut one half-turn with the lug wrench or 21 mm socket and breaker bar.

Place the jack under the frame of the Chevy. Lift the vehicle and place jack stands under the frame for support.

Remove the lug nuts and take off the wheels.

Remove the two caliper slide bolts on the back side of the caliper. Loosen the bolts with a 13 mm socket wrench and finish removing them by hand.

Lift the caliper from the caliper bracket and rest it above the brake assembly.

Slide the worn brake pads from the slots of the bracket. The pads will slide from the bracket's slots (on either side of the brake rotor) by hand. Pry the pads from the slots with a flat screwdriver if they are stuck to the bracket by rust and leaked brake fluid.

Apply brake grease to the backs of the new brake pads. Slide the new pads into the caliper bracket slots on either side of the brake rotors.

Force the caliper pistons into the sides of the calipers with a C-clamp or channel-lock pliers. Place the clamp or pliers onto the pistons and the back of the caliper. Squeeze the pistons until they are flush with the inside wall of the caliper. This will force the brake fluid in the caliper back through the brake lines, into the master cylinder, as well as make room for the new brake pads.

Return the caliper over the brake pads and caliper bracket. Screw in the caliper bolts by hand. Tighten the bolts withe the 13 mm socket wrench.

Repeat the process (steps 6 through 12) for the remaining brake pads you need to change on the Chevy.

Place the wheels back onto the wheel bolts. Screw on the lug nuts by hand.

Lift the Chevy with the jack and remove the jack stands. Lower the truck back to the ground.

Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench or 21 mm socket and breaker bar. Return to the engine compartment.

Lift the master cylinder cap and fill the reservoir with brake fluid. Replace the cap and close the Chevy's hood.

Items you will need

  • Syringe or turkey baster

  • Lug wrench

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • 13 mm socket wrench

  • Flat screwdriver

  • Brake pads

  • Brake grease

  • C-clamp

  • Brake fluid

 How to Change Brake Pads on a 2006 Silverado

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.

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

 How to Replace the Brake Pads on a 2001 Suburban

Park the Suburban on a flat stretch of ground, and apply the parking brake. Place the transmission in "Park," and turn the engine off. Pull the hood release lever, located under the dashboard on the driver's side of the SUV. Move to the front of the vehicle, and lift the hood.

Remove the master cylinder cap. The cap is located on the right side of the Suburban engine, near the back of the engine bay. The master cylinder container is white and contains brake fluid visible from outside the container. Remove half of the brake fluid from the reservoir with a poultry baster or syringe, and dispose of the fluid. Place the master cylinder cap over the container, loosely, to keep debris from the remaining fluid, and allow the air to escape, during the caliper piston depressions in future steps.

Place tire blocks behind the rear tires. Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels with the lug wrench or 21-mm socket and breaker bar. Place the jack under the front of the Chevy, and lift the front tires off the ground. Place jack stands under the front axles, and lower the Suburban onto the stands.

Remove the lug nuts, and take the front wheels off. Remove the two caliper slide pins from each wheel caliper with the 10-mm socket and ratchet. Lift the right caliper from the wheel hub and brake pads, and rest it on top of the Suburban rotor or steering arm above the brake assembly.

Pry the two brake pads from the slots of the caliper bracket. The bracket holds the brake pads in place next to the rotor. Use a flat screwdriver or other prying tool to remove the worn pads. Inspect the caliper bracket and rotor for damage and scoring. Spray brake parts cleaner on the brake pad slots, and clean the area with a wire brush.

Apply anti-squeal, copper-based brake compound to the back sides of the new brake pads. Place the pads into the caliper bracket slots on either side of the brake rotor.

Place the C-clamp onto the caliper and caliper piston. Squeeze the clamp to force the piston into the side of the caliper, making room for the thicker brake pads. Remove the clamp, once the piston edge is completely flush with the side of the caliper.

Place the caliper over the new brake pads inside the caliper bracket slots. Screw in the caliper slide pin, by hand, before tightening them with the socket and ratchet. Return the right front wheel to the wheel bolts, and screw on the lug nuts by hand.

Move to the left brake, and repeat steps 5 through 8, to replace the other set of brake pads. Replace the left wheel, and screw on the lug nuts.

Lift the front of the Suburban with the jack, and remove the jack stands. Lower the front tires to the ground, and tighten the lug nuts. Move to the engine compartment. Remove the master cylinder cap, and place a funnel inside the reservoir. Add DOT-3 brake fluid, until the master cylinder is full. Remove the funnel, and place the cap onto the container. Close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Tire blocks

  • Poultry baster or syringe

  • Lug wrench or 21-mm socket and breaker bar

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • 10-mm socket

  • Ratchet

  • Flat screwdriver

  • Brake parts cleaner

  • Wire brush

  • C-clamp

  • Brake grease (anti-squeal compound)

  • Funnel

  • Brake fluid

 How to Replace Brake Pads on a 96 Chevy Truck

Park the Chevy truck on a flat stretch of road or driveway. Pull the hood release lever to open the hood and access the master cylinder. Place tire blocks behind the rear tires.

Remove the master cylinder cap and lay a towel over the container's opening. Keep debris and dirt from the reservoir while relieving the pressure to make depressing the caliper pistons easier.

Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels of the Chevy truck with the 21 mm socket and breaker bar.

Place the lifting jack beneath the frame near the wheel well and lift the truck. Place a jack stand beneath the axle and lower the Chevy onto the stand, leaving the tires at least two inches off the ground.

Remove the two caliper slide bolts with a ratchet and 3/8-inch Allen socket.

Lift the caliper from the caliper bracket.

Slide the two brake pads from the caliper walls. Use a flat screwdriver to pry the spring clips on the backs of the pads if they will not easily slide from the caliper by hand.

Place the C-clamp over the piston and the back of the caliper. Screw the clamp's handle to force the piston into the side of the caliper. Remove the C-clamp when the piston ring is flush with the side of the caliper.

Slide the new brake pads onto the sides of the caliper and return the caliper to its position on the caliper bracket.

Screw in the caliper bolts and tighten them with the ratchet and socket.

Check the master cylinder. The level of fluid in the reservoir will have been raised by opening the caliper piston. Use a siphon kit (or turkey baster) to remove fluid from the container if you are in danger of overflowing the reservoir by opening the second caliper piston.

Repeat steps 5-10 for the brake pads on the other side of the Chevy.

Replace the wheels on the Chevy's wheel bolts and screw on the lug nuts. Lift the truck and remove the jack stands. Lower the Chevy's tires to the ground.

Tighten the lug nuts with the 21 mm socket and breaker bar.

Check the fluid level in the master cylinder. Place the cap onto the container and close the truck's hood.

Items you will need

  • Tire blocks

  • Towel

  • 21 mm socket and breaker bar

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • 3/8-inch Allen socket

  • Ratchet

  • Flat screwdriver

  • C-clamp

  • Brake pads

  • Siphon kit (or baster)

 How to Replace Brake Pads on a Geo Metro

Park the Geo on a flat surface, apply the parking brake, and pull the hood release lever. Turn the engine off and move to the front of the vehicle.

Lift the hood and remove the master cylinder cap. The cap is located in the back of the engine compartment (near the firewall) just to the right of the engine.

Remove two-thirds of the brake fluid inside the master cylinder reservoir with a syringe or turkey baster. Place the cap loosely over the container.

Loosen the front wheels' lug nuts with the lug wrench.

Lift the front of the Geo with the jack and place two jack stands under the axles for support.

Remove the lug nuts and the front wheels.

Remove the two caliper slide pins on each caliper with the 13 mm wrench.

Lift the caliper from the caliper bridge and rest it on top of the steering arm above the Metro's wheel hub.

Remove the brake pads from the caliper bridge. The brake pads come off in three parts: the shims, the anti-squeal pads, and the brake pads themselves.

Inspect the rotor for damage. Replace the damaged rotor if necessary.

Place the channel-lock pliers over the caliper piston and the back side of the brake caliper. Squeeze the piston into the side of the caliper with the pliers.

Put the new brake pads, shims, and anti-squeal pad together. The new pads will come with instructions detailing the process. Place the pads into the caliper bridge slots.

Return the caliper over the new brake pads and caliper bridge.

Replace the caliper slide pins and screw them in with the 13 mm wrench.

Repeat the process on the other front wheel brake assembly.

Replace the Geo's front wheels onto the wheel bolts and screw on the lug nuts by hand.

Lift the front of the Metro and remove the jack stands. Lower the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Return to the driver's seat.

Start the Geo. Press the brake pedal all the way to the floor, release it slowly and depress the pedal again to reset the caliper pistons. Move to the engine compartment.

Remove the master cylinder cap and place a funnel into the reservoir. Fill the container with DOT-3 brake fluid until the master cylinder is full.

Remove the funnel and replace the master cylinder cap. Close the Geo's hood.

Items you will need

  • Syringe or poultry baster

  • Lug wrench

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • 13 mm wrench

  • Channel-lock pliers

  • Brake pads

  • Funnel

  • Brake fluid