Thanks 43sqd so much for the guides...they are the perfect match.
btw, THis is my first brake job and I want to be extra careful so that I dont mess anything up. My choice was to either ask dumb questions and figure it out before doing it or just do it. I guess I choose to ask the dumb questions and learn before I do anything. I have not done anything except take the wheel off and spray some lubricant for now.. I have read almost all of the brake jobs multiple times and most of them were not so difficult. Looks like it is different for each VIN. Going to the stealerships was out as they quoted me > $1000 dollars.
I have the front driver side done, and it went very smooth. Few things to take note:
1. Torque wrench is available at rent at autozone or Orielys
2. The large hex bolts that hold the caliper need a 13/16 - no play or 7/8 - little play socket.
3. Spraying the WD40 and leaving it overnight ... helped me get the rotor off with very little banging.
4. No brake fluid leaked during this job... thanks to 43 advise to leave the brake hose
5. The passenger should go quicker and will take pics when doing that one..
I lost one lug nut and put it back with just one..will put it back on once i find it ... think that is ok?
wd-40 is not very good - you will find life easier with something stronger - pb blaster, liquid wrench etc.
lost a bolt?
learn good work habits- carefully put fasteners and parts aside in proper sequence and orientation. somethings can be reassembled more than one way but there is only one correct way - the incorrect ways cause all kinds of problems later.
if not done in a while this would be a good time to refresh (i.e flush with new) brake fluid. every 24 months is optimum.
OK..finished both the sides ...but now I cannot turn the ignition on ...the steering seems to have locked up.. anyone know how to fix it. The steering was turned slightly by 30 degrees when I was getting the wheels back on and tightening the caliper bolt..could that have caused the lock up?
The rotors have a light coating of cosmolene to prevent rust while they are sitting on the shelf. Its best to remove this with brake cleaner and a paper towel when installing them. Now that they are on, just get the brakes nice and hot once or twice and the coating will be gone. Find a quiet road, cruise at say 35-40mph, left foot brake no harder than you'd normally brake and at the same time apply more throttle to keep the cruising speed at 35 -40. Count 10 seconds. Repeat no more than one more time. Done.
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