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How To Replace Front Brakes 07-16 Buick Enclave

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How To Replace Front Brakes 07-16 Buick Enclave

Created on: 2014-12-01

See the steps involved in replacing the front brakes on your 07-16 Buick Enclave in this helpful 1A installation video.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wheel
    • Pry off the center cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Loosen the 22mm lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step 2 :Inspecting the Brakes
    • Turn the rotor by hand or turn the steering wheel to turn the rotor
    • Check the thickness of the brake pads
    • Check the brake pad wear indicator
    • Check for gouges on both sides of the rotor
  3. step 3 :Removing the Brake Pads
    • Remove the 13mm bolts from the brake caliper
    • Pry the brake pads into the caliper with a flat blade screwdriver to push in the pistons
    • Pull the caliper aside
    • Pry the brake pads off with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the brake pad slides
    • Clean the slides with a wire brush
    • Apply anti-seize fluid or white grease to the slides
    • If only changing the pads, continue to Step 6 and install the new pads
  4. step 4 :Removing the Brake Rotor
    • Remove the 21mm bolts from the brake caliper bracket
    • Pull off the brake caliper bracket
    • Remove the T30 Torx screw from the rotor
    • Pull the rotor off
    • If the rotor will not come off, tap it with a hammer to loosen it
  5. step 5 :Installing the New Brake Rotor
    • Slide the rotor on
    • Thread on one lug nut to hold the rotor in place
    • Clean the rotor with brake parts cleaner
    • Put the caliper bracket back into place
    • Start the 21mm bolts by hand
    • Tighten the bolts to 100 foot-pounds of torque
  6. step 6 :Installing the New Brake Pads
    • Push the slides on
    • Put an old pad in the caliper
    • Use a large C-clamp and the old pad to push the pistons back
    • Install the new brake pads into the bracket
    • Put the caliper on
    • Thread bolts by hand
    • Tighten bolts to 35 foot-pounds
  7. step 7 :Reattaching the Wheel
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Reattach the center cap
  8. step 8 :Testing the Brakes
    • Pump your brakes repeatedly until they feel firm
    • Test your brakes at 5 miles per hour and then 10 miles per hour
    • Road test the vehicle

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Large C-Clamp

    Hammer

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Brake Parts Cleaner

    White Grease

  • Ratchets & Related

    A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)

    Torque Wrench

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    13mm Socket

    21mm Socket

    22mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Driver

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks!

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the front brakes on this 2010 Buick Enclave. We show you on the passenger side, but the driver side is the same procedure. The items that you'll need for this are a new brake pad and rotor kit from 1AAuto.com; 13mm, 21mm, and 22mm socket and ratchet; a piece of pipe for some extra leverage; flat blade screwdriver; T30 Torx bit; hammer; torque wrench; large C-clamp; brake cleaner; brake grease; and jack and jack stands.

Start off by prying off your hubcap and then remove these 22mm lug nuts. You want to just loosen them while the vehicle is on the ground and then raise the vehicle up and remove them the rest of the way. Now the wheel will pull free.

Okay, check the condition of your brakes. Run the back of your fingernail up the rotor and do it on both sides, just checking for any harsh grooves or anything. You're going to feel small grooves, those are okay. Then you can see there's the wear mark in there. The pads have a little bit of life left on them, that's the inside pad there and the outside pad. We can see just through here, the pads have a little bit of life but the owner of this car has complained about pulsating when they are braking so we're going to remove and change the pads and rotors.

Take a big screwdriver or a small pry bar and put it right in here. Pry out on the caliper on the rotor just a little bit, just to get things loosened up so the caliper comes off easy. Now remove these two 13mm bolts, and we'll fast-forward as Mike does that. Now the caliper will pull free and you just want to set that aside. Then pry out your brake pads. Then just pull off your brake pad slides and you want to check these slides, make sure they go in and out. If not, we'll show you how to deal with that later.

For now, remove these two 21mm bolts. Once you remove those, the bracket will pull free and then you can remove this T30 screw. Now that that's removed just put a lug nut back onto the rotor and then hammer it from behind to break it free. Then remove the lug nut and pull the rotor off.

On the left are the old brake pads and rotor, on the right are the new ones from 1AAuto.com.You can see they are identical and they'll fit exactly the same.

Take your new rotor and slide it into place. Then replace that T30 screw and just tighten it up. Now wipe down the rotor with brake cleaner or mineral spirits. Then put your caliper bracket in place and replace those two 21mm bolts. Then just tighten those up. Then torque both of those to 100 foot-pounds.

All right, so this slide is a lot stiffer than I like to see them. I'm going to pull it out, clean it off, back in and out a few times. Put some new grease on it and we'll repeat this for any other ones that need it. Much better. Push the brake pad slides back into place. All right, take your pad, you really want to push the top slide up. The tabs here should hold them from coming out, but they should go against and then pop back out. Back ones it's the same thing, back ones have the wear tab on it.

Take a old brake pad and put it in the caliper. Use a large C-clamp and force the pistons back in. Put the caliper back into place. Once it's back in place, replace those two 13mm bolts and tighten them up. Now torque both of those to 35 foot-pounds. Put your wheel back into place, then replace the lug nuts and then tighten them up in a crossing pattern. Now torque each of them to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing pattern. After doing any work on the brakes, you want to just pump the brake pedal until it firms up. Then do a stopping test from 5 miles per hour and then 10 miles per hour.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Large C-Clamp
  • Hammer
  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Brake Parts Cleaner
  • White Grease

  • Ratchets & Related

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 13mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket
  • 22mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

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