2003 z71 Rear Brakes

Discussion in 'Lifted & Offroad Suspension' started by gaborn73, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. gaborn73

    gaborn73 New Member

    I failed a Virginia safety inspection due to the parking brake and rear rotor thickness.
    I thought I'd write up a small summary of replacing these.
    Rotors from Napa were $52 apiece, pads were $75 from Advance (Thermo-quiet has a
    $15 rebate) and park brake pads were $75 from Napa.
    Follow safety guidelines (chock tires, safety jack).
    Remove tire, use a 12mm 6pt socket to remove the caliper. I found it was better placed
    and out of the way wedging it in front of the rear shock rather than tying up. Yea I know
    not to stress the brake line. Remove the caliper housing using a 18mm 6pt socket. This
    took a $3 18 inch long 1 inch pipe from Lowes to break them loose. Remove the rotor clips
    (perforated washers slipped over the lug threads, 2 of them). Remove the rotor. Remove the
    parking brake clip from the inside of the park brake pad (8mm I think). Rotate the pb pad over
    the axle hub and pull outward gently and it slips off. Reverse process for installation of new pads
    and rotor. I used throttle body cleaner on the new rotors to get the packing oil off. In reflection
    I wish I used my torque wrench but I didn't have it with me. The left and right side pb pads are inverted.
    No problem one is just upside down. The rotor pads came with shims but I didn't have any installed
    when I replaced them so I didn't use them. I'm sure someone here can correct me. So far no problems.
  2. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Nice. I copied it over to the "write up" section so others can benefit from your work. Thx:glasses:
  3. gaborn73

    gaborn73 New Member

    more info

    I should have mentioned compressing the brake pistons which i used a c-clamp and block of wood.
    I think the use of a torque wrench would be better. I don't have the proper torque required though.

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