How to Replace the Brakes on a Saturn Sl1

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How to Replace the Brakes on a Saturn Sl1
Disc brakes behind the wheel rim (brake image by Jan Will from Fotolia.com)

The Saturn SL1 is a small, two-door coupe made by the former Saturn division of General Motors. While in production, it was the entry-level car in the Saturn line-up. The SL1 uses disc brakes on the front wheels. Replacing them is a relatively uncomplicated task that involves swapping the old brake pads for new pads. Most Saturday afternoon mechanics can accomplish the swap in just one Saturday afternoon.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Tire iron
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stand
  • Ratchet and metric socket set
  • New brake pads

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Park the car on a level, flat surface and set the parking brake.

  2. 2

    Use the tire iron to loosen the lug nuts on both front tires.

  3. 3

    Place the floor jack under the front end of the car and lift it by the frame cross-member.

  4. 4

    Slide jack stands under the A-frame (front suspension) next to each wheel.

  5. 5

    Lower the car onto the jack stands.

  6. 6

    Remove the lug nuts and then the front tires.

  1. 1

    Remove the bolts on the back of the disc brake assembly using the ratchet and socket set.

  2. 2

    Pull the brake assembly straight off the brake rotor.

  3. 3

    Use the handle of the ratchet to knock the brake pads out of the brake assembly.

  4. 4

    Slide the new brake pads into the position held by the old brake pads.

  5. 5

    Replace the brake assembly over the brake rotor, then insert the bolts to hold it in place and tighten them as much as possible using the ratchet and socket set.

  1. 1

    Repeat the changing process for the other side of the SL1.

  2. 2

    Set the tires on the axle hubs and evenly screw on the lug nuts until the tires are fully and squarely seated.

  3. 3

    Jack up the front of the car and remove the jack stands.

  4. 4

    Lower the car to the ground.

  5. 5

    Use the tire iron to tighten the lug nuts on all tires of the car.

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