Join Date: May 2010
Location: Hobart, Indiana
Re: Changing the front brakes, have a question.
Remove one bolt holding the caliper in and flip the caliper up. The caliper can be removed by sliding it off with the other bolt still in. Pull the pads off the mounting bracket. Remove the 2 bolts holding the mounting bracket on. The rotor comes off after the bracket is removed. If the rotors are stuck hit them with a hammer till they come loose. You can hit them wherever since you are putting new rotors on. Once the rotor is off clean up the hub some with some sand paper, or if you have a small 90 degree angle grinder you can use that to clean the hub. Remember to clean and lubricate the caliper slides, clean off rust where the pad brackets go on the mounting bracket. Then, start to reassemble. When you go to compress the caliper take the cap off the brake fluid reservoir and then compress the pistons with a C-clamp and one of the old pads.
Basically the tools needed are a C-clamp, metric socket/wrench set (whichever you prefer), sand paper or grinder, lubricant (can be bought at autozone or other), and have some brake fluid handy just in case. As long as you haven't had any brake fluid leaks you shouldn't need the brake fluid. Overall it is really easy to do brakes on these cars.
09' Malibu LTZ with brick leather interior
4 cyl w/6 speed auto
Silver Ice Metallic paint
Mods: PTM bow ties, grill, washer nozzles, and fog light trim
-MTX600XD, 2 12" Infinity Kappa Perfect 12.1, 4 gauge stinger wire, Pioneer 7800MP CD player
-5000K HID headlights and 3000K fog lights
-White LED's in the switches and handles
-Blacklight overhead console LED's
-Painted and polished factory aluminum wheels