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just curious if anyone has replaced front brake pads on a 96 seville sls? if you have, any info on how to actually replace them and any manual pages you can share. much appreciated if anyone can help. thanks

anyone help?

It should just be as easy as removing the caliper(push piston back with a c-clamp), pulling off the pads and putting new ones on. It is as straight forward as you can get.

I will attach the MOD5 instructions for review




1. Remove and discard 2/3 of brake fluid from master cylinder reservoir to prevent overflow when

servicing. Raise and support vehicle. Mark wheel in relation to hub. Remove front wheel. Install and

finger-tighten 2 lug nuts with flat side toward rotor to hold rotor when caliper is removed.

2. If not completely removing caliper (such as for overhaul), go to next step. If completely removing caliper,

remove bolt securing brake hose to caliper. Disconnect brake hose from caliper. Plug opening in brake

hose and caliper to prevent fluid loss and contamination.

3. Position "C" clamp with stationary end of clamp on caliper housing and threaded end on outboard pad.

Tighten "C" clamp until piston is pushed into bore far enough to slide caliper off rotor. Remove "C"


4. Remove caliper bolts and bushings. See Fig. 5 . Remove caliper. If brake hose is still connected to

caliper, hang caliper by wire so brake hose will not be damaged. Remove pads from caliper.


1. Liberally coat inner diameter of bushings with silicone grease. Install caliper. Install caliper bolts and

bushings. If bolts slide through bushings using hand pressure, go to step 3).

2. If bolts do not slide through bushings using hand pressure, remove bolts and bushings. Inspect caliper

bores for corrosion. If corroded, remove corrosion using 1" (25.4 mm) diameter wheel cylinder honing

brush. Clean bores with clean denatured alcohol. Install and lubricate bushings. Install caliper bolts.

3. Tighten caliper bolts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIOS . If brake hose was not

disconnected, go to next step. If brake hose was disconnected, connect brake hose to caliper. Tighten

fitting bolt to specification. Bleed brake hydraulic system, and go to next step. See BLEEDIG BRAKE


4. Apply brakes several times to seat pads. Install wheel, aligning marks made during removal. Tighten

wheel lug nuts to specification. Fill brake fluid reservoir. Road-test vehicle.



Remove caliper. See FROT BRAKE CALIPER . Slid caliper off rotor and support with wire. Remove outer

pad from caliper, using screwdriver to disengage pad retainer buttons. See Fig. 5 . Remove inner pad.


1. Clean outside surface of caliper piston boot with denatured alcohol. Bottom piston in caliper bore. Using

small plastic or wood tool, lift inner edge of boot next to piston and press out any trapped air. Reposition

boot so it lays flat with convolutions in proper position.

2. Install inner pad, snapping retainer into place in piston. Ensure pad lays flat against piston. Ensure boot is

not touching pad. Install outer pad with wear sensor facing downward. Ensure pad lays flat against

caliper. To install remaining components, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts to specification. See


1996 Cadillac Seville SLS

fig 5 http://download.yousendit.com/365E3DAA24826FB4

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The only thing I can add (a caution really) is when both sets of pads are installed and the front end of your car is completely reassembled (torque wheel lug nuts to 100 pound feet) step on the brake pedal two or three times to move the pistons back into position - the first time you step on the brake pedal you "won't have brakes". Do not despair this is only because you pushed the caliper pistons all the way into their bores...

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