Replace Chevy Malibu Rear Brakes

Question:
I'm getting ready to replace the rear pads and have the rotors turned. Are there any hints or specifically needed special tools to remove the rear pads? 2005 chevy malibu.

Hello and welcome. There is a special piston compressor tool that turns the piston as it compresses it. The piston will not compress if it does not turn. Removal of calipers, pads and rotors requires no special tools. Removal procedure

Chevy Malibu

Question:
2000 Chevy Malibu ABS light on the dash. Brake System (ABS) Codes C1225. How much normally does code C1225 roughly cost in repair? And is it something that I could do?

Answer:
The problem is either a bad wheel speed sensor, which is part of the hub bearing, or a broken wire in the small wiring harness going to the hub. You can try to cut open that harness without damaging the wires inside and check for a bad one. Usually within 6 inches from the hub bearing connector. If wiring is OK, a hub cost about $450 installed at the dealer, about half that at a local repair shop.

Problem with my 2005 Chevy Malibu. Question: We are trying to change the rear brake pads on a 2005 chevy malibu. We cannot get the pressure plate to give at all.

Answer:
I you are referring to the caliper piston, the piston needs to be turned and pushed in at the same time. This is done with a special caliper tool. You can usually purchase this or loan this from one of the large national parts store chains. If not, you can use a large pair of channel locks. Grab the edge of the piston being careful not to rip the rubber dust boot. Turn the piston clockwise and push in at the same time. Usually 3 revolutions will get it all the way in.

Question:
I'm having problems when i brake and only when i brake When i press the brake my brakes start knocking. Sounds like the front of car.i changed my rotors about 3 weeks ago and yesterday it started doing this knocking,IT ONLY HAPPENS WHEN PRESSING ON BRAKES. The car stops like normal,just with a knock. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. 1999 Chevy Malibu.

Answer:
A couple different things might be causing your noise. There may have been a caliper bolt or caliper bracket bolt that has come loose or broken off. This would allow the caliper and/or bracket to move around on the rotor during braking and would cause a knocking noise.

Also, the brake pads are meant to be installed in a particular way, and if they were put in the wrong place accidentally, that would lead to uneven wear and the pad could be making noise. If you want to check that, you need to make sure the inboard pad on each side has the bigger tab in the center.

Your best bet is to remove the wheels and see what is loose or broken. If the caliper bracket has been banging around, you'll see scrapes and marks on the inside of the wheel.


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