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Wanna change my brake pads, tips out there?


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07-21-03, 10:55 AM   #1  
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Wanna change my brake pads, tips out there?

I'm planning to change the brake pads on my Pontiac Sunbird 1990 LE. I wanna know if there are any special tools involved. I know it is not a very major job so I wanna try it myself. Any recommendations on what brake pads to get for this model of car...are there drum brakes on this model? Please give me tips and instructions.
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07-21-03, 11:00 AM   #2  
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Disc in the front, drum in the rear. Raybestos "PG" (Professional Grade) brakes are fine for this vehicle.

Autolibrary.org in my signature file below should have the brake pad R&R procedure.

Shouldn't take more than 2 hours tops for a novice. Might want to replace the rotors while you are in there. Make sure to get good quality US or Canadian made replacements, the offshore stuff is junk.

 
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07-21-03, 11:11 AM   #3  
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what are the rotor, Joe?

Thanks for that quick response. What are the rotors you are refering to when you say I could replace them when changing the pads? Please elaborate..I am a bit of a novice!

 
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07-21-03, 11:22 AM   #4  
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The rotors are the discs that rotate and the brake pads contact them to stop the vehicle.

Again, have a look at autolibrary.org in my signature file below. Study the text and photos there to see if it's something you want to tackle. If not, leave it to a professional---brakes are not something to gamble with.

 
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07-22-03, 12:13 PM   #5  
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oh...you mean brake discs

Sorry..I am schooled a lot more in the british ways and what you are calling a rotor, we call brake disc!! Got it now!

 
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07-22-03, 12:22 PM   #6  
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Below is a link to a 'how-to' type article with lots of photos. I hope you find it useful.

http://www.batauto.com/articles/frntbrks.shtml

 
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