How to safely replace the front brake rotors on your 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The brakes on your 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 need to be checked on a regular basis. Since parts wear out over time, you may need to replace your brake rotor. Your brakes may give off a dust that can contain contaminants like asbestos, so it is important to be cautious when working on your brakes. The dust can be reduced by using a commercial cleaner or wet cloth to wipe them down.

  • Avoid other dust by never grinding or sanding brake linings or using a dry brush or compressed air to clean brake parts.
  • The recommended tools to use to complete this job include J 41013, which is a cleaning disc to resurface the rotor, and J 42450-A, which is a wire cup for wheel hub resurfacing.
  • Always park your 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 on a flat, dry surface before jacking it up to work on your rotors. Use the proper procedures and equipment to lift the vehicle, and never start work until the vehicle is stabilized.
  • Look at the fluid level in the brake‚Äôs master cylinder reservoir to make sure that it is at the midway point between maximum and minimum allowable. If it is over the midway point, remove enough fluid to get to the midway point.

Removing the Brake Rotor

  1. Using proper tire and wheel removal procedures take the wheel and tire off the vehicle.
  2. Use a grease pencil to mark the relationship of the hub to the rotor.
  3. Use a C-clamp to compress the pistons on the brake calipers. Take two large C-clamps and place them over the caliper housing and the back of the outboard pad. Tighten them slowly until the caliper pistons are completely pushed into the caliper bores. Remove the C-clamps
  4. When you disconnect the caliper and hose from the mount, make sure that you use heavy wire to support it or you may damage the hose.
  5. Take the two bracket bolts off in order to remove the caliper bracket from the knuckle.
  6. Take the caliper and bracket off the knuckle as one piece. Leave the hose connected. Be sure to support the caliper and hose with the heavy wire.
  7. If needed, remove the retaining push nuts from the wheel stud, and take off the screws that hold the brake rotor in place. If the rotor is rusted, a deadblow hammer can be used on the end of the hub to separate them. 
  8. Take the rotor off the hub.

Installing the Brake Rotor

While you have the brake rotor separated, take a minute to clean up any contamination or rust that may have accumulated on the hub/axle flange. This keeps lateral run-out and brake pulsation from happening. To clean the hub flange, use J 42450-A and J 41013 to clean the inside. All mating surfaces should be free of debris, and any nicks or marks need to be removed before the rotor is reinstalled.

  • Use your grease mark to align the rotor to its original position on the hub.

Never use anything other than the proper fasteners in the right location, and never use any unapproved sealants or compounds to on the fasteners. The use of unapproved parts and compounds may compromise the integrity of the brakes. Always tighten nuts and bolts to their specified torque.

  • Install the screw to the brake rotor, and tighten it to 106 lb in. (12 Y).
  • Put the caliper and bracket assembly back on.

Before putting the caliper bolts back on, make sure there are no remaining traces of the original adhesive patch, and the bolt threads have been cleaned with a brake parts cleaner and are dry. Then apply GM Threadlocker (P/N 89021297) on the bolt threads before putting them back on.

  • Use your hand to thread the bracket bolts back onto the brake caliper and tighten them to 133 lb. foot (180 Y).
  • Put the tire and wheel back on, and bring your 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 back down to a level surface.

Keep the engine OFF, and slowly press the brake pedal down to about 2/3 of the way. Repeat this process every 15 seconds until the pedal is firm. This seats the pistons and pads on the caliper to the new rotor.

Make sure the fluid level is at the correct level in the master cylinder. Brake rotors that are refinished or replaced will require you to burnish the pads and rotors.

Burnishing is accomplished by taking your 1500 out to a smooth road that has no traffic and accelerating to 30 MPH. With a firm pressure, press the pedal to a stop without locking up the brakes. Do this 20 times. There should be sufficient time between stops to allow the brakes to cool down.

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