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BRAKES ESV

2004 Cadillac Escalade Esv • V8 AWD Automatic • 97,800 miles

Are any special tools required to change disc brakes on 2004 Cadillac ESV?
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Harley87
June 19, 2011.



No special tool/s noted: Brake Pads Replacement - Front
Removal Procedure
CAUTION: Refer to Brake Dust Caution in Cautions and Notices.

Inspect the fluid level in the brake master cylinder reservoir.
If the brake fluid level is midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, 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, remove brake fluid to the midway point before proceeding.
Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Tires and Wheels.
Inspect the caliper operation. Refer to Brake Caliper Inspection.
NOTE: Support the brake caliper with heavy mechanic's wire, or equivalent, whenever it is separated from its mount and the hydraulic flexible brake hose is still connected. Failure to support the caliper in this manner will cause the flexible brake hose to bear the weight of the caliper, which may cause damage to the brake hose and in turn may cause a brake fluid leak.

Remove the caliper from the mounting bracket and support the caliper with heavy mechanic's wire or equivalent. DO NOT disconnect the hydraulic brake flexible hose from the caliper. Refer to Brake Caliper Replacement - Front.
Remove the brake pads from the caliper mounting bracket.
Remove and discard the anti-rattle clips from the brake caliper mounting bracket.
Inspect the caliper and mounting bracket. Refer to Brake Caliper Inspection.
Fig. 13: View Of Disc Brake Pads & Brake Caliper Mounting Bracket
Courtesy of GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Installation Procedure
Install new anti-rattle clips to the inside ends of the caliper mounting bracket.
Install the brake pads to the caliper mounting bracket.
Fig. 14: View Of Disc Brake Pads & Brake Caliper Mounting Bracket
Courtesy of GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Install the brake caliper. Refer to Brake Caliper Replacement - Front.
Install the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Tires and Wheels.
Remove the safety stands.
Lower the vehicle.
With the engine OFF, gradually apply the brake pedal to approximately 2/3 of its travel distance.
Slowly release the brake pedal.
Wait 15 seconds, then repeat steps 7-8 until a firm pedal is obtained. This will properly seat the brake caliper pistons and brake pads.
Fill the master cylinder reservoir to the proper level with clean brake fluid. Refer to Master Cylinder Reservoir Filling in Hydraulic Brakes.
Burnish the brake pads and rotors. Refer to Burnishing Pads and Rotors.
Brake Pads Replacement - Rear
Removal Procedure
CAUTION: Refer to Brake Dust Caution in Cautions and Notices.

NOTE: Refer to Brake Fluid Effects on Paint and Electrical Components Notice in Cautions and Notices.

Inspect the fluid level in the brake master cylinder reservoir.
If the brake fluid level is midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, 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, remove brake fluid to the midway point before proceeding.
Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Tires and Wheels.
Inspect the caliper operation. Refer to Brake Caliper Inspection.
Place a C-clamp as shown. Slowly bottom the pistons of the caliper. It may be necessary to reposition the C-clamp to allow both of the pistons to bottom into the caliper bores.
Fig. 15: Installing C-Clamp Over Brake Caliper - Rear
Courtesy of GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
NOTE: Support the brake caliper with heavy mechanic's wire, or equivalent, whenever it is separated from its mount and the hydraulic flexible brake hose is still connected. Failure to support the caliper in this manner will cause the flexible brake hose to bear the weight of the caliper, which may cause damage to the brake hose and in turn may cause a brake fluid leak.

Remove the caliper from the mounting bracket and support the caliper with heavy mechanic's wire or equivalent. DO NOT disconnect the hydraulic brake flexible hose from the caliper. Refer to Brake Caliper Replacement - Rear (1500 Series) or Brake Caliper Replacement - Rear (2500 Series).
Inspect the caliper assembly. Refer to Brake Caliper Inspection.
Remove the brake pads from the brake caliper bracket.
Remove and discard the anti-rattle clips from the brake caliper mounting bracket.
Fig. 16: View Of Disc Brake Pads & Brake Caliper Mounting Bracket
Courtesy of GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Installation Procedure
Install the anti-rattle clips to the brake caliper bracket.
Fig. 17: View Of Disc Brake Pads & Brake Caliper Mounting Bracket
Courtesy of GE

Rasmataz
Jun 19, 2011.