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Do you do your own brakes?

I'm finally the proud new owner of a 2005 (Thank you, thank you). I've got a minor squeak coming from the rear brakes. I am planning on taking the wheels off to see what's left of the pads. Reading the manual they make it sound like changing the brake pads is complicated. I've changed many a brake pad in my day, and it's never been complicated. Is this just to scare the average Joe into bringing it in to the dealer to pay top dollar? Reading on here, it sounds like there are some good options for upgrading the pads.
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One of the easiest things ive ever done.
Take the wheel off.
Get a C Clamp and squeeze the piston in.
Loosen the bottom bolt on the caliper.
Remove the top bolt on the caliper.
Swing the caliper up and pull the pads out.
Put the new pads in and put the caliper back over and tighten both bolts.
Done.

Make sure you pump the brakes when your done so the piston can push back out. Very easy. It may sound hard, but its much much easier than you think. If you have any questions let me know. Good luck!!
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So easy it isn't funny. Only hard part is that the rotors tent to be a pita because they don't wanna come off without a big ass rubber mallot. Once you get them off, use some sand paper or a file to get the rust off, then use anti seize.

1. remove wheel
2. remove caliper, 2 bolts
3. remove caliper bracket, 2 bolts
4. remove/replace rotor
5. calip bracket back on and lube slide pins
6. caliper back on and bleed it while your there
7. wheel

Just make sure your ebrake isn't on when you do the rears.
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Thank you gentlemen. That's what I needed to hear.
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One of the easiest things ive ever done.
Take the wheel off.
Get a C Clamp and squeeze the piston in.
Loosen the bottom bolt on the caliper.
Remove the top bolt on the caliper.
Swing the caliper up and pull the pads out.
Put the new pads in and put the caliper back over and tighten both bolts.
Done.

Make sure you pump the brakes when your done so the piston can push back out. Very easy. It may sound hard, but its much much easier than you think. If you have any questions let me know. Good luck!!
yeah what he said. just did mine 2 weeks ago . Used Wagner pads.



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So easy it isn't funny. Only hard part is that the rotors tent to be a pita because they don't wanna come off without a big ass rubber mallot. Once you get them off, use some sand paper or a file to get the rust off, then use anti seize.

1. remove wheel
2. remove caliper, 2 bolts
3. remove caliper bracket, 2 bolts
4. remove/replace rotor
5. calip bracket back on and lube slide pins
6. caliper back on and bleed it while your there
7. wheel

Just make sure your ebrake isn't on when you do the rears.
Rubber mallet?? Wholey crappin no-effect Batman!
I use a RBFH between the studs, takes skillz to not hit the wheel studs, but much more efficient/effective then a rubber mallet.
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So easy it isn't funny. Only hard part is that the rotors tent to be a pita because they don't wanna come off without a big ass rubber mallot.
Changing the pads was a breeze. Getting to the rotors, not so much. Someone must have borrowed Superman's impact wrench to get those SOBs on.
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The rotors get siezed on with rust. I use a little grease so I can take them off the next time. Getting them off just use a block of wood and a BFH. Use the wood and hit around the rotor to even the distribution of force and so you won't damage the rotor.



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I never could figure out why shops charged more for disk brakes than drum. I think a myth of difficulty has emerged around disks, ain't so. I agree. Disk brakes are a breeze. Hope you haven't scored your disks.....FBH is definitely needed.
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