I am going to do a front brake job on my 1997 Elantra, I am replacing
the pads, rotors, and calipers. I need any info to help me do this job,
I have a couple of buddies helping me but I would like to know any
important info such as how to remove the rotors, is it hard? Any special
tools? Do I need any more parts? Any one with info from start to finish
of this process would be wonderful, thank you very much.
On Sun, 15 Feb 2009 11:58:05 -0600, dougyfrizzle cast forth these pearls of
First question - why replace the calipers? Are they working improperly in
any way? Calipers typically last almost forever. Generally, all you need
to do to a caliper is clean up the sliding surfaces, and the piston face.
Remember that if you do decide to replace the calipers, you will have to
bleed the brakes when you are done.
I might recommend replacing the mounting bolts and the slider bolts though.
The threads get stretched over the course of a couple/few pad changes, and
it's a good practice to replace them. I use grade 8 hardened bolts.
Rotors come off fairly easy. Back out the screw in the crown of the rotor
(if there is still one in there), remove the caliper and the caliper mount,
and pull the rotor off. If it's siezed on the hub, get a bigger hammer.
If necessary, get an even bigger hammer.
Unfortunately, the rotors don't come off so easily on this vehicle.
They're captured behind the wheel hub. You'll need a puller to remove
the hub, and that'll probably pull apart the double ball hub bearing
as well, requiring the use of a press to service the hub bearing.
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