How to Replace the Brakes on a 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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    Accessing the Brakes

    • 1). Park the Silhouette on a hard and level piece of ground.

    • 2). Loosen the lug nuts on both front tires using the tire iron.

    • 3). Put the floor jack under the front of the minivan and lift the front end by the frame.

    • 4). Place a floor jack under the A-frame at each front wheel and lower the minivan onto the jack stands.

    • 5). Remove the lug nuts then both front tires.

    Replacing the Brakes

    • 1). Use the ratchet and socket set to remove the bolts on the back of the brake assembly. The bolt size should be 15 mm.

    • 2). Slide the screw driver between the brake assembly and the brake rotor, then pry outwards to get the assembly off of the brake rotor.

    • 3). Tap the back of the brake pads to remove them from the brake assembly using the screwdriver.

    • 4). Insert the new brake pads and set the brake assembly over the brake rotor.

    • 5). Insert and tighten the bolts that hold the brake assembly in place using the ratchet and sockets.

    Completing the Replacement

    • 1). Replace the brakes on the other side of the Silhouette.

    • 2). Set the tires on the front axles and then screw on the lug nuts to evenly seat the tire on the hub.

    • 3). Lift the front of the minivan off of the jack stands using the floor jack.

    • 4). Remove the jack stands and lower the minivan to the ground.

    • 5). Tight the lug nuts on both front tires of the Silhouette.

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