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How to Change the Rear Brake Pads on a Chevy Camaro

by ContributorUpdated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Car jack

  • Lug nut wrench

  • Turkey baster

  • Plastic container

  • C-clamp

  • Allen head, star head, or 6-point socket wrench

  • Penetrating oil

  • Small bungee cord or wire hanger

  • New brake pads

  • Brake fluid

How to Change the Rear Brake Pads on a Chevy Camaro. Brake pads are the replaceable friction pads that pinch the brake disc when you step on the brake pedal. They are an important part of your Chevy Camaro's braking system. You should replace the brake pads before they wear beyond a 1/4 inch, or risk damaging your Impala's brake discs.

Prepare the Camaro for Repair Work

Park your car on a level surface. If your car has a stick shift, put the car in gear. Place blocks in front of the front tires so the car does not move while you are working on it.

Open the hood of your car and disconnect the negative battery cable.

Locate the master cylinder and the plastic brake fluid reservoir. If necessary, remove brake fluid until the level in the container is less than half full. A turkey baster is a good tool for this. Put the brake fluid into the plastic container.

Raise the rear end of your Camaro with your car jack. Remove the rear tire or wheel assembly.

Remove the Rear Brake Pads

Hand tighten a wheel lug nut to a wheel stud to keep the rotor from moving while you work on the caliper.

Place a large C-clamp over the body of the brake caliper. Place the clamp ends against the rear of the caliper body and the outboard pad. Slowly tighten the clamp until the piston is depressed far enough for the caliper to slide past the brake rotor. Remove the C-clamp.

Use the socket wrench to remove the caliper guide pin bolts and remove the caliper from the caliper bracket. the bolts are on the back of the caliper. Support the caliper with the wire hanger or a small bungee cord.

Take the brake pads out of the caliper. Remove and inspect the brake pad retainers.

Install Rear Brake Pads

Place a large C-clamp over the body of the brake caliper. Place the clamp ends against the rear of the caliper body and the outboard pad or a wood block placed against the caliper piston. Tighten the clamp until the piston is completely compressed into the caliper bore. Remove the clamp and the old pad or wood block.

Install the brake pad retainers and the brake pads in the caliper bracket. Position the brake pad wear sensor, mounted on the inboard brake pad, so that it is in the trailing position when the brake rotates forward.

Return the caliper to the caliper bracket. Replace the brake caliper guide pin bolts and use the socket wrench to tighten to 23 foot pounds (31 Nm).

Replace the wheel assembly (tire). Lower the car to the ground. Press the brake pedal two thirds of its travel distance and release. Wait 15 seconds and depress the pedal the same distance. This seats the brake pads. Do this before trying to move your car.

Add fluid to the master cylinder container to replace any you removed before you removed the old brake pads. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

Season the brake pads by making only gentle stops when you are driving for the first week after you install the new brake pads. Try not to do any hard stopping when you are seasoning the brakes.


The master cylinder is a metal cylinder located in front of the steering wheel on the metal "firewall" that separates the engine from the body of the car. On top of the cylinder there is a plastic container that holds brake fluid for the system. When you work on the brakes you adjust the level of fluid so that the reservoir is less than half-full. The caliper is the arc-shaped, cast iron piece attached to the brake rotor. It is usually on the upper-rear of the brake rotor.


Be careful using brake fluid. It is an eye irritant and is hazardous if swallowed. Always wash your hands thoroughly after you have been handling brake fluid. If brake fluid does get in your eyes, immediately use clear, running water to flush your eyes for 15 minutes. If your eyes are still irritated after you rinse them or if you swallow any brake fluid, get medical assistance immediately. Be careful when you are handling used brake parts. The dust and dirt on the brake parts may contain asbestos fibers that can be hazardous to your health if they are inhaled. When you clean brake parts, always use a damp cloth, not compressed air, wire brushes, scouring pads or anything else that could move the dust and dirt particles around. Throw away any cleaning cloths that you use and swept up dirt and dust in a sealed, impermeable container. For more information, visit the library or go on-line to view the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and procedures for handling or throwing away anything that might contain asbestos fibers.

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