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Hey all, as Caitlyn approaches 5 this year her pads are real worn, I was searching deep in the archives for a thread of guides to help get it done, and, not to say it doesn't exist on here, but I had no luck finding it. I was hoping some of you could help me with advice or point me in the right direction to find the resources to be this done.

See I'm getting married in about a month and a half and the money has had to go to last minute items so the car has hit a back burner so it's gonna have to be a weekend warrior type deal but I've never done brakes before and I've noticed this cars electronics can be real finicky. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks for reading, take care !


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Brakes are pretty easy to replace ... not a whole lot of mechanical prowess needed to be successful at it. Just make sure you re-tighten everything you loosen!
 

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Yea the brakes are pretty easy as long as you have the simple tools I describe in my DIY about how to replace the front pads as long as you have not dug into the rotors too bad(and even those can be turned on the car), pad replacement is about all you need and check out that Front pad replacement http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/153-...utorials/9645-diy-how-replace-brake-pads.html this pretty well explains it and adjust the back shoes and you will not believe how much better the car will stop.

First off how many miles you got on the car and what kind o driving(highway or city) and what makes you think you need brakes adjusting the back may be all you need(age is not the determining factor), First determine need before any other work is done.
 

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Yea the brakes are pretty easy as long as you have the simple tools I describe in my DIY about how to replace the front pads as long as you have not dug into the rotors too bad(and even those can be turned on the car), pad replacement is about all you need and check out that Front pad replacement http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/153-...utorials/9645-diy-how-replace-brake-pads.html this pretty well explains it and adjust the back shoes and you will not believe how much better the car will stop.

First off how many miles you got on the car and what kind o driving(highway or city) and what makes you think you need brakes adjusting the back may be all you need(age is not the determining factor), First determine need before any other work is done.
I have about 45K and rear pads, and I can feel the wear, I do slot of work at a mechanic shop (I do electrical) and they used a tool to determine how mug pad I have and I'm not satisfied with that, I want the best I can get, one day calipers and rotors will go too

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Get those rears adjusted as well. They're too loose and not contributing to your braking, causing excessive wear on the front brakes.
 

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How do I adjust pads?

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I take it you have 4 wheel disc? If so, you don't need to adjust We thought you had frond disc rear drum. Cruzes with rear drum had trouble with self adjustment. If you have 4 wheel disc, that is not a problem and they are self adjusted as they wear. Your front pads will still do most the stopping so if they need replacing. It will be as my front disc DIY described
 
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