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    Default 99 Silverado brake pad removal question

    Just finished putting pads and rotors on the front. Damn what a chore! Is it normal to have to use a hammer to tap the old pads off and the new ones on to the slides? I also had to reuse the old hardware kit because I could not for the life of me get the new pads on the new slides. It was a pain in the ass to get the new pads on the old slides also. Either way, I got it done and now just have to seat the pads to the rotor. Do you guy's think I am going to have problem with brake drag since the pads did not easily slide off or on like the repair manual say's?

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    Did you compress the pistons before trying to remove/install? What I always do is to remove most of the brake fluid but not enough to let air in then I use a large pair of pump pliers ( there is a special tool for this) on the old pads to compress the piston. Removing the brake fluid makes this easier. Pads can be a pain because of all the heat cycles, dust and dirt. Hope I explained this O.K.

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    Yep, I removed a little more than 2/3 of the fluid and did compress the pistons to get the caliper off. That was the easy part for me, it was the pads themselves being a pain to get on and off. Everything seems to be working good with the new pads and rotors so far. I watched a video about removing the pads and rotors on a 99 Silverado and their pads slipped off like it was cool. Mine on the hand, I had to use a ballbeen to tap them off and on. The guy up at Advance Auto said that it was normal for the pads to fit tight on the bracket.

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    Everything comes off easier in the video's. LOL.

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