How do I Replace Saab 9-3 Brakes?

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How do I Replace Saab 9-3 Brakes?
Replace the brakes on the Saab 9-3 in just a few steps. (Andrew Bret Wallis/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

In just a couple steps, motorists with moderate vehicle-repair experience can replace the brake pads on a Saab 9-3. Generally, brake pads on the 9-3 should be replaced once their thickness has reduced to five millimetres, or .1969 inches.

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Things you need

  • Jack and axles stands
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • T45 Torx wrench
  • Torque wrench

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  1. 1

    Park the Saab on level ground. Raise the front of the vehicle using a jack and axles stands. Remove the wheel.

  2. 2

    Push back the Saab's piston using channel lock pliers.

  3. 3

    Pry at the front end of the caliper with a screwdriver to remove the caliper clip.

  4. 4

    Place your thumbs on the caliper, and your fingers on the flat part of the spring that is connected to the caliper. Push on the spring to unclip it from the caliper.

  5. 5

    Pull off the guide pin dustcovers. Unscrew the guide pins using a T45 Torx wrench, counterclockwise.

  6. 6

    Remove the caliper bolts, and let the caliper hang from the strut with a cable tie.

  7. 7

    Push back the Saab's piston using channel lock pliers. Pull out the old brake pads out and put in the new ones.

  8. 8

    Reassemble the guide pin dustcovers with a torque wrench at setting 21. Repeat the steps in reverse to reassemble all the components that were removed. Torque the wheel with a torque wrench at setting 81, and lower the Saab 9-3.

  9. 9

    Press down on the brake pedal a few times before attempting to drive the Saab. Repeat the steps on any other brakes on the Saab that are also worn out.

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