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How To replace Rear Brake Caliper 00-06 Chevy Suburban

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:39)
    • Loosen the lug nut covers with a 22mm socket
    • Pry off the center cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Loosen the 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 : Removing the Brake Caliper (1:06)
    • Place a drip pan underneath the caliper
    • Loosen the 12mm bolt from the brake line on the caliper
    • Remove the 12mm bolt from the brake caliper
    • Remove the 13mm bolt from the brake line
    • Remove the clip from the center of the caliper
  3. step : Preparing the New Brake Caliper (1:57)
    • Push the clip to the center of the new caliper
    • Clip the old O-ring from the brake line bolt
    • Remove the bolt from the brake line
    • Remove the washer from the bolt
    • Clean the bolt and brake line with brake cleaner
    • Insert the washer onto the bolt
    • Insert the bolt into the brake line
  4. step : Installing the New Caliper (2:53)
    • Insert the new O-ring to the brake caliper
    • Insert the brake line into the caliper
    • Tighten the 12mm bolt to the caliper
    • Insert the caliper into place
    • Tighten the 12mm bolts to the caliper
    • Tighten the 12mm bolts to the caliper to 30 foot-pounds
  5. step : Bleeding the Brakes (3:41)
    • Pump the brake pedal repeatedly
    • Check your brake fluid level
    • Enlist the help of an assistant
    • Place a drain pan underneath the brakes
    • Remove the cap from the bleeder valve
    • Connect a tube to the bleeder valve
    • Instruct the assistant to step on the brake pedal
    • Loosen the bleeder valve with a 10mm wrench
    • Tighten the bleeder valve
    • Instruct the assistant to release the brakes
    • Repeat this process until fluid rather than air comes out of the bleeder valve
  6. step : Reattaching the Wheel (5:12)
    • 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 between 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Reattach the center cap
    • Tighten the lug nut covers with a 22mm socket
  7. step : Testing the Brakes (5:51)
    • 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

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Hi, I'm Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace a rear brake caliper on this 2002 Chevy Suburban. We show you on the passenger side, but the driver side is the same procedure. The items you'll need include an 11mm, 12mm, and 22mm socket and ratchet, flat blade screwdriver, large C-clamp, torque wrench, drip pan, brake fluid, brake cleaner and jack and jack stands.

Start off by loosening up these lug nut covers, and we'll fast-forward as Don does this. Once those are all loosened up, you can pull the hubcap free. Now, you want to loosen the lug nuts preliminarily, raise the vehicle, and remove them the rest of the way unless you have air powered tools, then you can do it while it's up in the air.

You want to just loosen up this 12mm bolt right here. Once you've broken it free, remove these two 12mm bolts right here. We'll fast-forward as Don does this. Make sure you have something to catch the brake fluid, a drip pan or a drip cup in this case. Just remove that 12mm bolt the rest of the way. We'll just fast-forward as Don does that. Just tuck that aside. Take out the clip in the center of your old caliper and push it in place in your new caliper.

New calipers typically come with new O-rings, so you can just clip off that old O-ring. Pull that off, and now you can pull the bolt out. You want to pull this washer off the bolt, clean the bolt with some brake cleaner along with the brake line, put the washer back onto the bolt, put the bolt back into the brake line, and then put the O-ring into place on the caliper, and push the bolt down through it. We'll just fast forward as Don tightens.

Put your caliper into place and replace those two 12mm bolts. You want to torque these to about 30 foot-pounds. Just spray everything down with brake cleaner. Clean off some of the brake fluid. Put your drip pan underneath and just open up the brake bleeder with an 11mm socket. After about a minute, just close it back up.

Make sure your brake fluid reservoir is at the max fill line. We're going to bleed the brakes now. We'll have closed the bleeder from doing the gravity bleed. We got Paul in the car, and he's going to pump the pedal. Say he pumps it three times, and then I'm going to say: hold."? He's going to hold his pressure on it. I'm going to crack the bleeder. The air will start to come out as well as some of the brake fluid. Make sure you got a little container underneath to catch it. Here we go. All right, Paul, go ahead and pump. Okay, hold. Pump. Hold. All right, pump. Hold. All right. That should do it.

Now, again, just spray this down with brake cleaner and then refill your brake fluid reservoir to the max fill line.

Put your wheel back into place, and then replace your lug nuts and then tighten them preliminarily. We'll fast forward as Don does this. Lower the vehicle and torque the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing pattern. Then replace that hub cap and tighten up each of your lug nut covers.

Before taking the vehicle out on the road, you want to just pump the brake pedal until it firms up. Then do a stopping test from five miles an hour, then ten miles an hour. Then you're all set.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by, 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

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack
  • Drain Pan
  • Large C-Clamp

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Brake Parts Cleaner
  • Brake Fluid

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 22mm Socket
  • 12mm Socket

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