CMF Veteran Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Re: Is it easy to replace the brake pads on your own?
Don't mean to hijack, but along the same lines, real quick, is the rotor held on with a 37mm nut? Or is it floating and I just pop the calipers off, the bracket off, and off comes the rotor? Gotta replace my fronts and pads, shaking gets worse every day.
They "float" - that 37mm nut is to hold the HUB to the AXLE (or the knuckle on the non-driven wheels).
However, a) there may be retainer clips on the studs to hold the rotors on (put on during assembly - they don't want those rotors falling off before the calipers are put on!), and b) it's amazing how well rust will keep a rotor on.
So it may take a few grunts or some work on the retainer clip(s). But basically, yes, the caliper/pads hold it in place.
335K miles on original motor and tranny (only motor work 2 x LIM replacement), Monroe SensaTrac struts front and back (new at approx. 300K miles), and Alero discs in back. LS fogs added with custom wiring. HID high beams, HIR low and halogen fogs. Raybestos Pro Grade front rotors and Bendix D747 ceramic pads on front.
Addendum: Rest in peace. Surge tank blew, motor overheated, I think she's lived a long and useful life.