Originally Posted by danxp
when i pulled out the old brake pads, the rotor was free to wiggle about unsecured... seemed like the rotor should have been secured to something, no? is this normal? i mean, everything was tightened all up when i put everything back together, but seemed kinda strange...
I just changed all of my pads last night. Took about an hour per tire, working in a very small garage (< 1 foot of clearance all around), and in the dark for the passenger side. Thanks again to everyone who posted instructions and tips.
I noticed my front rotors were free to wiggle, but my rears were not. Is this normal?
I'd like to add some tips:
- the little cotter pin goes into a little hole in the big retaining pin that goes across the anti-rattle clip, not across the whole pin. Took me a few minutes to figure that out as my work area wasn't well illuminated.
- insert the retaining pin from the back to the front.
- the repair manual indicates the brakewear sensor clip is a non-reusable part. I applied minimal force with a very thin flathead screwdriver to remove it, so I reused mine.
- Tight pads can be removed using the retaining pin (or screwdriver) and leveraging against the caliper.
- the repair manual indicates that the disc brake grease should be applied to the inner shim only, and on both sides of the inner shim.
- rear pads had a lot more life than the front, but I replaced them all anyway.
- if you are going to buy a C-clamp, get a really small one. I thought the one I bought was small enough, but it wasn't. I used a strong screwdriver to compress the pistons.
- factory lug torque is 76 ft-lbs