How to Fix Sticking Brakes on a Silverado

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Dragging brake pads on a Chevrolet Silverado will cause the pads and rotors to prematurely wear. When replacing brake pads, there are a few things you should do to ensure the pads and rotors have the longest life as possible. Rather than rush through a simple brake job, take the time to service the brakes properly to maximize braking efficiency and brake life.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Ratchet
  • Sockets
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Brake anti-seize
  • Lift the Chevrolet Silverado with the jack and place it on jack stands.

  • Remove the wheels with a lug-nut wrench and set them aside.

  • Remove the caliper with a ratchet and use a bungee cord to hang the caliper. Do not let the caliper hang from the brake hose as it might break and cause fluid to leak.

  • Pull the brake pads out of the brake caliper bracket. If they don't come out easy, you can use a flathead screwdriver to pry between the brake pad and the rotor.

  • Sand the brake pad holder with 500-grit sandpaper until you see bare metal. If any corrosion remains on the holder, the brake pad will stick.

  • Sand the edges of the brake pad where it makes contact with the brake pad holder. Sand until it is smooth.

  • Place the brake pads back into the brake caliper bracket.

  • Remove the pins from the caliper and clean them of any grease. Place new brake anti-seize onto the pins and put them back into the caliper.

  • Open the master cylinder reservoir so you don't break a seal while compressing the brake caliper.

  • Compress the brake caliper with a C-clamp so the caliper can fit over the new brake pads. Install the caliper by securing it to the brake caliper bracket with a ratchet.

Tips & Warnings

  • A brake caliper compressor might work better for you than a C-clamp.
  • Wear safety glasses while working on your brakes.

References

  • Automotive Brake Systems; Jeffrey Rehkopf; 2006
  • Photo Credit Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images
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