You hear the squeal and you know the deal -- the brake pads on your Saturn are done! As soon as you hear that tell-tell sign of worn brake pads, it's time to change them right away. If you take on the task at home, you can save yourself a ton of money, while still being able to use high quality OEM parts. Here's what you need to know about changing the brake pads on your own.
Note: This is a guide to help assist in the changing of your brake pads. However, since this is a crucial safety part on your Saturn, never attempt to service the brake system unless you are 100% confident of your abilities. If you are unsure about brake system service, please visit a certified GM mechanic for help.
- Flathead Screwdriver
- DOT-3 brake fluid
- Jack stand
- Floor jack
- Socket set
- Lug wrench
- Park on a dry, level surface. Use the floor jack and lift your Saturn up. Place the jack stands in the proper place on the frame rails. You may need to check your owner’s manual for the correct placement.
- Take both rear wheels off and set them aside.
- Turn the rear caliper bolts in a counterclockwise direction and remove them. You can then slide the caliper off the rotor. You may need to use a screwdriver to pry it off gently.
- Take the old pads off the caliper pistons. Put the new ones in place. They are not normally clipped into place, so you need to hold onto them and slide them back onto the rotor. You do not want the caliper pistons to close or you will have trouble getting them back into place.
- Replace the mount bolts by turning them clockwise
- Bleed the brake lines and the calipers. Turn the caliper nipple counterclockwise and add brake fluid to the master cylinder. You will find the master cylinder in the engine compartment. Press the brake pedal. Once you have all the air out of the lines turn the nipple clockwise to close it.
- Repeat these steps for the other side.
- Put the wheels back on your Saturn and bring it down from the jack stands.
Take your vehicle out for a test drive and pay particular attention to the brakes. Make sure that they are operating properly before you take it out into traffic. If you run into any problem, you may need to consult with your local dealership.