C7 Corvette Brake Pad D.I.Y. Will Get Your Ride Ready for Track Day

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C7 Corvette Stingray Front Brake

Corvette Forum members share details on how anyone can do this work in their garage or driveway in a very short period of time.

Many Corvette owners may take their car to the mechanic for every repair simply because they don’t believe that they have the technical knowledge, or the tools required, to do the work themselves. In many cases, they might be right, but changing the brake pads on the C7 Corvette Stingray is literally one of the easiest do-it-yourself projects you will encounter.

As this thread in Corvette Forum‘s C7 Corvette Tech/Performance section by Theta shows, changing the front brake pads on the new Stingray doesn’t really even require any tools beyond something to lift the car off of the ground, something to remove the lug nuts and something to remove the pins that hold the pads in place.

C7 Corvette Stingray Braking

Brake Pad How-To

The OP didn’t offer a step-by-step of how to replace the front brake pads of a C7 Corvette Stingray because it is that simple and because instead, he shared the information from the GM dealership service system. Unlike some vehicles where you have to remove a portion of the brake caliper to remove the pads, you don’t even need to do that much with the new Stingray.

C7 Corvette Stingray Brake Pad Change

Once the wheel is off, there are two pins that push through the top of the calipers and the top of the brake pads that push back in towards the chassis. When those pins are removed, there is a spring clip that comes off of the top of the pads and after that, the pads pull up out of the top of the caliper. Member JerryU provided the image below of the pins that hold the pads in place, along with the items used to knock the pins out of the caliper.

Next, the materials from GM show how to lubricate the new pads and after that, they drop down into the caliper, the spring clip goes back in, the pins simply push back into place and the wheel goes back on.

C7 Corvette Brake Pad Tools

That is the entire process of changing the front brake pads of the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

DIY Video

While the explanation in the GM materials provides all of the information needed to replace the front brake pads in a C7 Corvette Stingray, CDH76 made a short video showing how he replaced the pads in his own car. The video is less than two minutes long, and in that time, you see how to replace the pads in a new Stingray. It is that easy.

So, if you have been thinking about tackling some of the maintenance work on your Corvette, the front brake pads are likely the easiest project that you could undertake on any vehicle. With the information in this thread and the basic items mentioned above, anyone can do this work in their garage or driveway.

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

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