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.
- Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels to prevent the truck from rolling.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- … SAVING WORK… WILL RESUME LATER. To be continued.