C4 Corvette: How to change the brake pads
The brake pads on your C4 Corvette are the materials that press against the brake disc under your control. These pads are responsible for executing the braking of your car and, as a result of the heavy friction that they experience in normal driving, must be replaced periodically in order to maintain the safety and quality of your braking system. An at home brake pad change is a relatively easy procedure to do; read on for a step by step guide to changing the brake pads in your Corvette C4.
Step 1 -- Prepare the Car
Begin by parking your Corvette on a level surface and engaging the emergency or parking brake. Wedge wooden blocks around all four tires in order to make sure that the vehicle doesn't move at all as you're working.
Step 2 -- Disconnect the Battery
Disconnect the cable that attaches to the negative pole of the battery underneath the hood of your Corvette.
Step 3 -- Jack Up the Car
Use a Corvette auto jack to lift up the rear end of the vehicle several inches off of the ground.
Step 4 -- Remove the Existing Pads
Use a C clamp to grasp the caliper in the wheelwell. Tighten the clamp gradually, being careful not to overtighten and damage the pistons. Once the grip is firm, twist the caliper downward in order to access the brake pads. Remove the existing pads and mechanisms that are attached.
Step 5 -- Install the New Pads
Follow the instructions that are provided with the new brake pads in order to install them. You should clean out the interior of the braking system before you install new brake pads. Once this is completed, repeat the process for the front wheels as well.