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How to Replace Rear Brakes 2000 - 2006 GMC Yukon

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Created on: 2020-04-01

Watch this video to learn how to install rear brake rotors and pads on your 2000-06 GMC Yukon.

I'm gonna take the center cap off. Use a straight blade screwdriver to get that off. Use a 22-millimeter socket, take off the lug nuts. Take the wheel off. Take these two caliper bolts out. I'm gonna use a 12-millimeter socket and then a 16-millimeter wrench just to hold the slide from spinning. Loosen these up. Now, just use a screwdriver, pry the caliper off. Pull it out. Then you can use a caliper hanger and just support it from the upper control arm right there. Just make sure there's no tension on the hose. Slide it over here. Take the brake pads off. Just use the same straight blade screwdriver. And take an 18-millimeter socket, take these 2 caliper bracket bolts up. Take these bolts out and slide the bracket right off. Now, take the rotor off. If it's stuck on there, just take a hammer, give it a tap in these areas. Just try not to hit the studs. Keep it loose. Try not to breathe any of that in and slide it off. I'm just gonna clean up this surface right here. You can use a wire brush or some type of grinding wheel. Just be careful, you don't wanna take too much material off. Just get some of the rust off. Take a little anti-seize, just put it on the hub area right here. Now, we're just gonna put the rotor on backwards first and we're gonna clean off the surface. Use a little brake parts cleaner. There is a protective coating on this, clean that up. You can clean up the inside of the drum area as well for the parking brake. Flip that around and clean off this area as well.

When you go to put the rotor on, you may have to adjust the parking brake. You can spin that wheel either forward or backward and...or you can either tighten it or loosen it. Just slide the rotor on just to make sure it spins good. And then double-check with your parking brake and adjust accordingly. Now, take these pad clips off or pad slides or sometimes they call them anti-rattle clips. Just use a straight blade screwdriver. Use a wire brush, clean up any rust built up, right here, and on the other side. With that cleaned up, and then just take a little brake caliper grease, give it a nice thin coat. It's gonna keep the moisture out, keep it from rusting as bad as it was. Then take these clips and slide it in position. Put more caliper grease, just a nice thin coat there and there, wherever the pads are gonna contact it. And then do the same on this side. I'm gonna take these caliper guide pins out. Use a little brake parts cleaner and a rag, clean these up. And I'll also spray a little brake parts cleaner down there. Clean those up with a rag as well. You can drain anything out. And take some brake caliper grease, coat the pin, put it back in. Make sure it seals, and do the same on this one. Slide the brake caliper bracket in place, put the bolts in. You can use a little thread locking compound on the bolts. Now, I'm gonna torque these bolts to 122 foot-pounds.

Now, I'm gonna install the brake pads. Make sure you have the brake pad warning indicator facing up on the outside and also on the inside. Now, take the brake caliper off, take the hanger off. Now, I have to compress the caliper, so use a brake caliper compressing tool. Just compress it really slow. This is gonna push the fluid through the hoses, back through the lines, back up to the master cylinder, and into the reservoir. Just go nice and slow. All right, if that's compressed, pull the compressing tool out. Now, we have a new little bracket right here. It comes with the brake kit. Just take a straight blade screwdriver, this little tab right here, just push in on that tab. Slide that off, take the new one, slide it in there, and then just push it, lock it in place. So, that's in there just like that. This is just gonna push down on the pads and just keep them from rattling around. Slide the caliper over the brake pads in the bracket. Take the two bolts, install the bolts. You can put some thread locking compound on those bolts, and then use my 16-millimeter wrench, 12-millimeter socket, torque these bolts to 31 foot-pounds. And reinstall the wheel, put the lug nuts on. Now, I'm gonna torque these lug nuts to 140 foot-pounds in a star pattern to tighten the wheel down evenly. Then just go around again, double-check. And then reinstall the center cap. Now, I'm gonna pump the brake pedal nice and slow. There's gonna be an air gap between the caliper piston and the brake pad, so we wanna eliminate that air gap. And once the pedal feels good, then you're all set. Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir. There's the minimum line right there and the max line right there, adjust accordingly.

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