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Old 05-08-2008, 06:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Forester needed a brake job last year, and after dropping a grand on it, they're working great! Plus, it's much easier to walk around now that my wallet's that much lighter...

But now the wife's Buick Rendezvous is making brake noises - I'm pretty sure the pads are about done. But I don't want to drop another grand putting new brakes on this thing, especially since the dealer said that they did the brakes before we bought it in December... I don't know how much I believe them, but whatever, it's too late to quibble over that now.

So I'm looking for information on how to change the brake pads. 2003 Buick Rendezvous in specific, but just regular ol' disc brakes in general. I did a quick google, but I didn't find anything reliable (i.e. it was full of type-os and spelling mistakes, and I'm not trusting that!) Does anyone have a good how-to or some guidance to offer me? A good site, or something? I'm a bit nervous about doing the brakes, because I've never so much as bled a system before. But I do know how to turn a wrench, and I'm a pretty smart guy.

Plus, I'm probably going to ask my neighbour to help out. I think I'll pay him in beer.

Thanks a lot to everyone for their suggestions! I love this board!
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The nice thing about brakes, for the most part, is that if you've done one set, you've done 'em all. By this, I mean that they are very similar from brand to brand and model to model unless you're working on something exotic. This is especially true if you have disc brakes all around. One difference you'll encounter comes from bleeding after the parts are replaced - the order of bleeding from one corner to the next.

Do some reading up on here for brake work and that'll give you most of what you need to know for the Buick.
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2003 Buick Truck Rendezvous V6-3.4L VIN E
Vehicle Level Brakes and Traction Control Disc Brake System Brake Pad Service and Repair Brake Pads Replacement - Front
Brake Pads Replacement - Front
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Brake Pads Replacement- Front

Removal Procedure

Caution: Refer to Brake Dust Caution.
See: Service Precautions\Technician Safety Information\Brake Dust Caution

Use GM replacement brake lining material or equivalent for all GM vehicles in order to maintain the balance between front and rear brake performance. GM replacement brake parts have been carefully selected in order to provide the proper brake balance for stopping and control over a full range of operation conditions. Installation of front or rear brake lining material not recommended for this vehicle may change the intended brake balance.

1. Inspect the fluid level in the brake master cylinder reservoir.
2. If the brake fluid level is midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, then no brake fluid needs to be removed from the reservoir before proceeding. If the brake fluid level is higher than midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, then remove brake fluid to the midway point before proceeding.
3. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
4. Remove the tire and wheel.
5. Install two wheel nuts in order to secure the rotor.




6. Install a C-clamp (2) over the top of the brake caliper and against the back of the outboard brake pad.
7. Tighten the C-clamp (2) until the brake caliper piston pushes into the brake caliper bore enough to slide the brake caliper (1) off of the rotor.
8. Remove the C-clamp from the brake caliper.




9. Remove the lower brake caliper bolt.




10. Rotate the brake caliper upward in order to access the brake pads.
11. Remove the brake pads from the brake caliper bracket.
12. Remove the brake pad retainers from the brake caliper bracket.

Important: Insert a block of wood or the old brake pad brake between the C-clamp (1) and the brake caliper piston in order to prevent damage to the brake caliper piston and the brake caliper piston boot.




13. Install a C-clamp over the brake caliper and against the block of wood or the old brake pad (2).
14. Tighten the C-clamp until the brake caliper piston pushes completely into the brake caliper bore.
15. Remove the C-clamp from the brake caliper.




16. Inspect the brake caliper bolt boots (4) for the following conditions:

o Cuts
o Tears
o Deterioration Replace the brake caliper bolt boots it damage exists.




17. Inspect the brake caliper piston boot (1) for the following conditions:

o Cuts
o Tears
o Leaking
o Deterioration Replace the brake caliper piston boot if damage exists.

18. Inspect the brake caliper bolts for corrosion or damage. If corrosion is found. use new parts. including bushings, when installing the brake caliper. Do not attempt to polish away corrosion. Installation Procedure

Important: Use denatured alcohol to clean the outside surface of caliper boot before installing new brake pads.




1. If you are installing new brake pads, use a C-clamp in order to compress the piston to the bottom of the caliper bore. Use the old brake pad, a metal plate or a wooden block across the face of the piston in order to protect the piston and the caliper boot.
2. Install the four brake pad retainers to the caliper bracket.

Important: Ensure that the wear sensor is positioned at the leading edge (upward) of the inner pad during forward wheel rotation.

3. Install the brake pads over the brake part retainers and onto the caliper bracket.
4. Thoroughly clean and apply Threadlocker GM P/N-12345493 (Canadian P/N 10953488) or equivalent to the threads of the brake caliper pin bolts.

Notice: Use care to avoid damaging pin boot when rotating caliper.

5. Pivot the caliper down onto the pads.

Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
See: Service Precautions\Vehicle Damage Warnings\Fastener Notice




6. Install the lower caliper bolt.

o Tighten the caliper bolt to 35 Nm (26 ft. lbs.) .

7. Remove the two wheel nuts securing the rotor to the hub and bearing.
8. Install the tire and wheel.
9. Lower the vehicle.
10. Fill the master cylinder to the proper level.
11. Pump the brake pedal (3/4 of a full stroke) as many times as necessary to obtain a firm brake pedal.
12. Burnish the pads and the rotors.
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Holy moly!

This is why I asked here! This has to be the best car forum on the net.

Thanks everyone for all your help. This is so much more than I had expected.
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My mom has a Rendezvous CXL. I wouldn't work on that thing to save my life. Still, brakes are brakes. And shouldn't EVER cost $1000 to have done.
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