brake job on 01 silvy

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by 9191gmc, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. 9191gmc

    9191gmc Rockstar 100 Posts

    v6 auto 4x4 long bed
    I have never done a break job but feel capable.My PU needs one. What kit can I get aftermarket that will fit good without any un needed bling, but I want good solid performance and will pay extra for a good kit...
    Dont know if I need new rotors but will consider....this PU has 142K.

    by the way will my little Porter Cable pancake compressor handle
    auto tools...??? its the 2.6 cf at 90 psi 6 gallon
  2. Mean_Green_95

    Mean_Green_95 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts


    Your compressor wont be able to sustain pneumatic tools except for short bursts with breaks between bursts.

    For the brakes, I don't know of any "kits" for doing brake jobs. You will definitely need new pads for up front. Either new pads or shoes for the rear, depending on if you have disks or drums out back. For your rotors, you should have the turned at any machine shop. They will let you know if you need new ones or not, it depends on if they are warped and/or how much they would have to shave off and how much metal would be remaining. You will need a C-clamp or a "C" shaped set of vise grips to push the piston(s) back into the calipers. Other than that, you will need just basic tools such as wrenches, ratchets, sockets, pry bar and possibly a star bit.
  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan Rockstar

    Your compressor will not be able to handle any sustained power tool use.

    But, on a good note, you wont need any power tools for this job. For brakes hand tools work perfectly.

    I can't think of any kits for brakes. But in order to tackle the front you will need to buy new pads. The rotors may be serviceable and can be turned down. Places like NAPA do this on the cheap usually. I have no idea if you need calipers, but that may also be a necessity. Also ***Change the Brake Fluid*** I don't know if its new or not but new fluid would be the way to go if you want to ensure performance and safety.

    Good luck! :glasses:
  4. 9191gmc

    9191gmc Rockstar 100 Posts

    I watched some videos on utube... is there a video that shows what you mean by the c clamp use..?? I didnt see anything on that...
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan Rockstar

    Correct me if I'm wrong here. But I believe he means to use the c-clamps to open up the pads to get the calipers off. Of course if you were going to change the fluids then you wont have to worry since there will be no pressure on the pads.
  6. Mean_Green_95

    Mean_Green_95 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    No, I mean C-Clamps to push the piston back down since most people don't change their fluid when doing brakes. Most people don't want to risk not bleeding them correctly so they don't even try.
  7. pmartin816

    pmartin816 Rockstar 4 Years 1000 Posts

    If your going to change the brake fluid make sure you know how to bleed the brakes. This is typically a two person job and has to be done or you wont be able to stop very well afterwards. The C clamp is used on the caliper to push the piston back in so the new pads will fit in the caliper and around the rotor. If you just use the C clamp then you wont have to worry about bleeding the brakes.

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