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How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

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How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby SilveradoSierra.com [OP] » Mar 31 2010, 10:48pm

How to perform a brake pad replacement on a Silverado truck
Brake pad replacement on a Chevrolet Silverado is a common repair and an important part of your trucks braking system. Next to performing oil changes, replacing brake pads is one of the simpler do-it-yourself projects a vehicle owner can undertake. While there are no specialty tools required, you will need a basic tool set, a good jack and jack stands, some common sense and elbow grease. The work can be dangerous, so make sure to have a clear work space and avoid distractions. Most brake jobs can be done at home in a few hours or less. Brake pads are relatively inexpensive and expendable auto parts that pinch the brake disc when the brakes are applied with your foot. This causes them to wear over time and once the brake pads wear beyond a 1/4 inch, you must replace them or your brake discs become at risk.
Things You'll Need:
  • Chock blocks (2)
  • Safety glasses
  • Lug wrench
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands (2)
  • Drain pan
  • Non-chlorinated brake cleaner
  • Socket set
  • Brake pads
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • White lithium grease
  • Torque wrench (optional)

Steps
  1. Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent the truck from rolling.
  2. Remove half the brake fluid from the master cylinder using a brake fluid suction baster. Discard the old fluid and replace the cap on the master cylinder.
  3. With your safety glasses on, use the lug wrench to loosen the front lug nuts so that you can remove them by hand later. You can loosen the lug nuts slightly with a lug nut socket and a breaker bar or torque wrench. Any big wrench that will give you leverage will do.
  4. Place the jack under the frame in the right front area and carefully raise the truck. Make sure the jack is contacting the frame and nothing else so you do not accidentally damage the truck.
  5. … SAVING WORK… WILL RESUME LATER. To be continued.
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Re: How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby irishmclew » Jul 18 2010, 5:20pm

Hey, is this going to get finished, I am coming up on needed new pads...
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Re: How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby ricka182 » Nov 17 2011, 6:44pm

Bump. Will this ever get finished, or is there another How-To that covers brake pads?.....
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Re: How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby EKinMN » Nov 18 2011, 4:07am

If someone wants to finish it, I am happy to edit the changes. Just post it here, and PM me that you did it. I will clean it up. Thanks!
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Re: How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby 1999blackchevy » Jan 22 2013, 11:25pm

This was a serious downer when I found out there was no continuation of the how-to :|

Any chance anyone could finish it up at all? Thanks a ton.
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How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby Machster69 » Jan 22 2013, 11:34pm

Well guys I can tell you that ill do one on my next change... But that could be a while. Until then... Here is the very basic principle... Remove tire, remove fluid cap underhood, remove lower caliper bolt(doesnt have to come all the way out), pivot caliper up off of the rotor, remove the pads(looking how they are seated... Squeal pad etc) then replace slides and new pads. Use a clamp to push the pads back into the caliper, slide caliper back down onto rotor, reassemble. Check fluid/cap...use grease on back of pads, and go make some really hard stops to get them seated and meshed in well ;)
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Re: How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby EKinMN » Jan 23 2013, 2:33am

Quickest and most concise How To yet! ;)
I am still happy to edit and post, if someone completes it. See my note above.
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Re: How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby WYOZ71 » Mar 11 2013, 3:47am

Can we get a how to on how to use wheel chocks please?
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Re: How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby AbileneRecovery » Aug 03 2014, 9:14pm

NEED TO DELETE THIS HOW TO. IT HASN'T BEEN FINISHED. IM CHANGING MINE TO DAY AND WILL DO A HOW TO WRITE UP ON IT.
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Re: How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chevy Silverado

Postby mitchell0715 » Aug 04 2014, 5:11am

Please do! I would love to replace my pads myself and really would like a how to that would help me do it myself.
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