How To Change Brake Pads And Rotors On A Chevy Silverado

Changing the brake pads and rotors on a Chevy Silverado is a relatively simple task that can be accomplished by the average do-it-yourself (DIY) car owner. However, before beginning the process, it’s important to note that the steps may vary slightly depending on the year, make, and model of your Silverado. Additionally, driving conditions, usage, and size and type of brake pad will also impact some of these steps.

In this article, we’ll outline what you can expect when changing the brake pads and rotors on a Chevy Silverado, as well as some tips to make the job as smooth and easy as possible.

1. Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

Before you begin, you’ll need to gather the following:

  • New brake pads and rotors: These are the new replacement parts that will be installed during the brake pad and rotor replacement process.
  • Lug wrench: The lug wrench can loosen and remove the lug nuts that hold the wheel in place.
  • Jack and jack stand: The jack will be used to lift the vehicle off the ground while the jack stands will support the vehicle once it has been lifted. This will allow you to safely roll under the entire vehicle.
  • Wheel chocks: These are blocks that are placed behind or in front of the tires to keep the vehicle in place while it is jacked up. It ensures the vehicle stays stable and doesn’t roll away.
  • Caliper tool (or a large C-clamp): The caliper tool compresses the caliper piston, which allows you to remove the caliper from the rotor. A large C-clamp can also be used as an alternative to compressing the caliper piston.
  • Needle-nose pliers: These are used to remove the brake pads from the caliper.
  • Flat-head screwdriver: The flat-head can gently pry the rotor loose in case it gets stuck on the hub.
  • Brake cleaner: Used to clean the brake components and get rid of any dirt, rust, or debris from the hub before installing the new rotor.
  • High-temperature brake grease: This is used to lubricate the back of the new brake pads and the caliper contact points to reduce noise and heat as well as prolong the life of the brake system.


2. Loosen The Lug Nuts and Raise The Vehicle

Start by using the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts. Next, use the jack to lift the vehicle and place the jack stands under the frame for support.

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