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It would be awesome if someone could give me a guide to change brake pads myself. i heard it is rather easy and i was hoping i could do it myself and save some many. would be a huge help!!
 

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It's so easy. . . even a cave man could do it.:D It's been covered many times in many places. Once you do one wheel you'll go "duh". You need a large C clamp or even better yet get a Harbor Freight disc brake kit. You use either to push the caliper pistons back in so you can get the "thicker than used" new pads over the rotors. That, a couple of wrenches and a jack stand

How To Change Your Brake Pads - Edmunds.com
 

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So I am in the same boat here finally changing out the brakes. I have an 05. I read that I need to replace the "torque to yield bolts" that hold the calipers in place with new bolts & washers. Is this something that really needs to be replaced every time you remove the calipers or is this just a revenue generating thing?
I am going with DBA 4000 t3 slotted rotors with Hawk HP ceramic pads if that makes a difference.
 

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So I am in the same boat here finally changing out the brakes. I have an 05. I read that I need to replace the "torque to yield bolts" that hold the calipers in place with new bolts & washers. Is this something that really needs to be replaced every time you remove the calipers or is this just a revenue generating thing?
I am going with DBA 4000 t3 slotted rotors with Hawk HP ceramic pads if that makes a difference.
I've changed out hundreds of pads and never replaced those bolts on any car I've owned or worked on and haven't had any problems in almost 30 years of changing pads.
 

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X2. I've never replaced those bolts either.

I do have an OCD issue of cleaning each bolt off with a wire brush and also use a dab of locktite.
 

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Thanks for your help, time to go to work. I thought it was a little over the top to be replacing them but just wanted to double check.
 
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