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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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New New Brakes and Rotors : )

Finally bled my brakes and everything is complete : ) Not too hard of a job but it took me forever to do it because the last person put these clips on the rotrs that wouldnt come off. Half the time was spent doing that lol.














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Nice I only changed my brakes once and I switched to Brembos so it was a bit more involved. The rear Drums are a complete pain if you do them.

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YA Would never do drum brakes too much stuff going on that I wouldnt wanna f up. Can you do a disc conversion for the drums on a cobalt?
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YA Would never do drum brakes too much stuff going on that I wouldnt wanna f up. Can you do a disc conversion for the drums on a cobalt?
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You can, and I am but it depends on how much you want to spend. It can actually be cheap if you can find a rear loaded beam at a junk yard.

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Way to tackle the big brake job...any wheel/suspension maint can be a bear as the parts literally "fuse" together with all the elements. Can't begin to count the number of 4-letter words, snapped bolts and skinned knuckles. Glad you got the car service complete w/no major issues.

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Those clips you mentioned being on there, did they seem really tough? if so, then those rotors that you took off were the ones that came off the manufacturer...its a way for us technicians to identify if the rotors have never been turned before or replaced. On those new rotors, I would give them a quick sanding with sand paper before you throw on the wheel, they are crosshatched, but not measured

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Way to tackle the big brake job...any wheel/suspension maint can be a bear as the parts literally "fuse" together with all the elements. Can't begin to count the number of 4-letter words, snapped bolts and skinned knuckles. Glad you got the car service complete w/no major issues.
Yep. When I changed my wheel stud all the nuts and bolts wear fused and it took a giant metal pole and a hammer to get it done. Then the hub was fused on as well. Sucked being out in the cols doing that.

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Nice, good job. These discs are fairly easy, it's the rear drums that can be a real pita. Fighting with the spring kit without the proper compressor tool can force you to say some things you might later regret, and getting the adjuster mechanism in place with all those other little springs... grrr... brings back bad memories. Luckily the parts are dirt cheap and last for years, so I guess that's the trade-off. Don't forget to inspect the cylinder, sand down the friction material and apply a little grease on key spots where the shoes touch the backplate.

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Do you really need to sand a new rotor? I got all the oil off of them with brake cleaner. Never knew you had to sand new rotors....
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