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Hey guys,

My g/f's 1996 grand am (3.1) needs new front disc brakes. I've done disc brakes on a 1988 escort, 1989 silverado and a 1995 monte carlo.

I was just wondering if anyone knows if its the same setup as my 1995 monte carlo. As in allen wrenches to take the calipers off of the spindle?

Also to just use a hammer if necessary to break the discs free? Or is there a retaining nut i have to remove?

One more question, the brake pads lock into the calipers right?

I did a disc brake job on my moms 1993 plymouth voyager and the brake pads just kinda sat in there.... i prefer them to snap in.

I will probably go get a haynes manual just to have it at my side.

This shouldn't take too long.

Thanks!!
 

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anybody?

Are the bolts (2) that need to be removed in order to get the caliper off hex or torx or allen?
 

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Do i need to bleed the brakes when i install new pads/rotors?

if so, there is a bleeder valve on the caliper i believe, how do i use it? I want to say theres either a rubber cover over it, or do i just push down on that?
 

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Do i need to bleed the brakes when i install new pads/rotors?

if so, there is a bleeder valve on the caliper i believe, how do i use it? I want to say theres either a rubber cover over it, or do i just push down on that?
No you do not need to bleed the brakes.Just push the caliper pistons back into the bore like any other brake job.
 

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ok one more small question. I was reading a manual and it said to grease the bolts that hold the calipers in place on the spindle... is that true?

I've not done that when i did my pickup, the van, and my monte? I do have grease though.
 

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nm, its just so the next time the pads need to be changed the bolts can come out easy.

but none the less, i will do it!
 

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I always open the bleeder valve (using a tube and bottle) when I'm pushing in the caliper piston. A lot easier to push. I then make sure the fluid level is OK under the hood. I like the idea of adding some fresh fluid to the system.

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I always open the bleeder valve (using a tube and bottle) when I'm pushing in the caliper piston. A lot easier to push. I then make sure the fluid level is OK under the hood. I like the idea of adding some fresh fluid to the system.

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I just keep the old brake pads in and use a C-clamp to compress the calipers inward.

Thanks for the info!
 
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