How to Replace 2002 Chevy Suburban Brake Pads

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The brake pads on a 2002 Chevy Suburban have a low brake pad sensor built into the pads. The low brake pad sensor notifies the driver of a low pad condition by contacting the rotor every time the brakes are applied causing an audible squeal. The pads should be replaced as soon as possible when indicated by the squeal to save damage to the rotor which would increase the cost substantially.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Allen head socket set, 3/8-inch drive
  • Socket set, 3/8-inch drive
  • Lug wrench
  • Large C-clamp
  • Wrench set
  • Anti-seize compound
  • Wire
  • Raise and support the truck on jack stands. Remove the front wheels of your 2002 Chevy Suburban using the lug wrench. Open the brake caliper bleeder valve on the top inner side of the caliper using a wrench.

  • Install the C-clamp on the outside pad of the caliper and compress the caliper piston back into its bore. Close the brake caliper bleeder screw, using a wrench. Remove the two securing bolts and their slider sleeves, using the appropriate Allen socket.

  • Lift the caliper off the rotor and secure it to the coil spring using a suitable piece of wire.

  • Remove the brake pads from their mounting surface. Notice that there is a spring clip on the mounting surface at both ends of the pad. These spring clips keep the pad from moving and prevent squealing. They must be replaced with new ones that are included with the brake pads. Install the new spring clips and the new pads on the caliper-mounting bracket. Install the caliper over the brake pads.

  • Spread some anti-seize compound on the bolts and sliders. Attach them onto the brake caliper and tighten. Install the tire and lower the vehicle. Start your 2002 Chevy Suburban and slowly pump the brake pedal 10 times before attempting to move the vehicle.

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