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How to Replace Brake Pads in a Buick Rendezvous

by Nina Hughes; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Lug nut wrench

  • C-clamp

  • Gloves

  • Mask

  • Wrench

Over time, the brake pads in your Buick Rendezvous wear down. Brake pads are important components in the braking system because they are responsible for stopping the vehicle. How often you need to replace them depends on how much you drive and how quickly you stop. Stopping quickly often causes the brake pads to wear down faster. You can replace them yourself safely with just a few tools.

Loosen, but do not remove, the lug nuts on your wheel. Place the jack under the frame of your vehicle's front or rear end depending on which end you are working on. Jack up the Buick enough so your tires are off the ground. Slide the jack stands under each side behind the wheel to support the car if your jack happens to fail.

Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off. Locate the caliper, brake pad, and rotor. Remove the calipers from the brake pad using the wrench. Set them down gently since they are still connected to the brake lines to avoid damage.

Put on the mask and gloves to avoid exposure to the brake pad dust. Gently remove the brake pads. Apply the C-clamp to the brake piston. This will reset the brakes. Put the new brake pads on and reconnect the caliper to the new pads. Remove the C-clamp.

Slide the wheel back on the axle. Replace the lug nuts. Fully tighten the lug nuts with the lug nut wrench after you have replaced the opposite side's brake pads and lowered the car.

Tips

Brake pads should be checked during tire changes or rotations to see how worn the pads are. Changing brake pads before they become too thin will prevent damage to the rotors.

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