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I finished installing Centric Street Performance pads and their e-coated high carbon rotors. The parts looked very good and fit well, but I wasn't fond of the rotors being built in China although my last GM rotors were also made there.
I think all rotors are made in China now days.
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I think all rotors are made in China now days.
That is unfortunately truly disappointing.
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Re: Is it easy to replace the brake pads on your own?

i am replacing mine now, freeing up the bolts is really the only hard part. not much room to get in there and when the bolt pops loose, you cut your hands, or my finger lol. anyhow, returning the piston to it's home position, with my home made socket, actually is a nice change. not having to use a clamp to push the piston back in. so assembly of the new set works like a charm.
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Re: Is it easy to replace the brake pads on your own?

Does anyone have the torque specs for the caliper bracket bolts and slide pins for a 2009 LS?
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Re: Is it easy to replace the brake pads on your own?

If a nut wont pop make sure you're using the correct sized 6 point socket and set it up so you can get a big conventional wrench on the end of your ratcheting wrench and use it as leverage. Or put on a decent pair of gloves and hold the socket on with one hand while winding up and smacking the end of the wrench with your palm. Or get a 3/8ths drive air ratchet wand with 150-200 lbs of torque and giggle your way through the entire process.. As for torque specs I know I should do it correctly but I've always just tightened it until I can't turn it anymore and then given it two good smacks with aforementioned palm technique and I've never had any issues, BUT, not exactly manufacturer recommendation.

Edit: Stolen from another thread 7th gen torque specs

Caliper Bolts - 26 ft - lb
Wheel Lug Nuts - 100 ft - lb

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Need to replace rear pads for malibu 2013. Need to compressing the caliper piston????? Really hard!!!
please help!!
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Re: Is it easy to replace the brake pads on your own?

Usually the pistons in the rear calipers can be retracted or turned back by using a simple pair of needle nose pliers.
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Re: Is it easy to replace the brake pads on your own?

the proper tool is a rear disc caliper tool set
http://www.amazon.com/OEM-27111-Disc-Brake-Tool/dp/B00062ZO5S

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