Front disc brakes 2001 Chevy Suburban Here is the post we promised that is linked to the previous brake job. The brake job was on the same vehicle. First off the tools needed for this job are as follow:
- 3-ton floor jack
- 3-ton jack stands (Some people call them body jacks)
- a good set of metric sockets
- a 13/16th’s 1/2 dr-inch drive socket
- 24- inch long/ half-inch drive breaker bar (Unless you are fortunate enough to have an impact wrench)
- a can of liquid wrench
- a good pair of wire cutters or pliers.
- an old wire coat hanger or even a rope
- a 36mm socket
- a good heavy sledgehammer
- #2 flat bit screwdriver
- a door panel removal tool
- red loc-tite
- a good solid wire brush
- shop towels
- A good pair of wheel chocks or some wood pieces to block your wheels
Now we can start this job. Put your floor jack under the lower A-arm and lift it just a little taking only a small amount of weight off the wheel so you may loosen your lug nuts with your socket and a breaker bar. Once you have this done you can finish lifting the truck and put your jack stand in place. Then place your wheel chocks or a couple of pieces of wood at your tires.
Make sure it is in a good solid spot on the frame of your vehicle so if the floor jack does go down even a bit the jack stand would have the full weight of it. Finish removing the tire, set it aside, and then go ahead and start to remove the brake caliper and brake pads.
Now you can move onto the brake caliper mounting frame. If you are lucky enough to have an impact wrench you can use it here on these two bolts on this frame otherwise you’ll have to use a breaker bar as I did. Not only to break the rust off these bolts but I had to do it throughout the whole removal of each bolt because it had never needed repair work to this depth before. ( Make sure you eat your Wheaties or spinach before this! Cause you’re going to need YOUR strength for this!!! lol)
Getting the mounting bolts and frame out of your way, you can begin to remove the disc-brake rotor. In the pictures, you will see the original lock rings are still on the lugs from the factory and you can remove these with your wire cutters. If you want to use these again you can get them started on the threads away from the rotors then continue spinning them off the lug studs with a good pair of gloves.
Once you have those out of the way the rotor comes off with ease. Now you get to remove the hub cover then the nut in the center of the hub from the CV-axle. As you know I don’t have an impact to break this axle nut so I got everything out of the way and re-installed my tire on the hub and installed only two lug nuts to hold the wheel on, then I lower it with the floor jack but I remove your body jack to I could lower my truck. So some of the weight of the truck will be on that one tire because I only need a little bit to get it started. Once I have it out where I can take it off my hand. Then I raised the floor jack again then put my body jack or stand back in. remove the lug nuts and tire then all I have to do is finish removing the hub nut and go onto the 4 bolts from the backside of the steering knuckle that holds the hub on it.
Once you have the 4 bolts out far enough you can tap on the CV-axle nut in the middle of the hub (leave axle nut on and do not take it completely off) keeping the nut on the CV-axle so there isn’t any damage to the treads combined with a sledgehammer to loosen the axle from the hub. Doing this, also helped loosen the hub from the steering knuckle too
Now on to the re-installation of our brand new hub assembly! Before re-installing the new hub clean up the rust on the axle splines. The dust plate too. Use the wire brush for this. Wipe out the center with a shop towel to remove any debris so the hub will sit in it perfectly. Clean up the bolts for the axle hub. This will make it easier for you to reinstall your axle hub.
Once they’re cleaned and ready to go back in, don’t forget the red loc-tite. You don’t need much just a little on one side of the bolt threads then insert. Then do this 3 more times for the hub, Then twice for the brake caliper mounting frame. Once they are in you can move to the axle nut and once again use your red loc-tite here. And just as I did to remove the nut you can do the same thing tighten it down.
Then you can install your rotor ( be sure how your ABS cable is routed with the dust plate because it only goes in ONE WAY) your lock washers, the brake caliper mounting frame, then your brake pads, then the brake caliper, and pay close attention to how the ribbed lines on the brake line are going they MUST be STRAIGHT never twisted or else you’ll have brake failure if not done correctly.
Get ready to take it out for a brake test and what we’re hoping for is complete silence out of the front end.
BUT the bearings WERE shot in this wheel hub!