Step-By-Step Instructions for a Complete Brake Job

Step-By-Step Instructions for a Complete Brake Job Using CRC Brake Maintenance Products

General Installation Tips:  Always service and/or replace brake parts in axle sets. Always replace or resurface both rotors/drums. (Note: To remove anti-rust coating on new rotors, use BRAKLEEN.) Resurface to a smooth non-directional finish. Wash the rotors after resurfacing with BRAKLEEN. Thoroughly check all caliper bushings and replace if necessary. Thoroughly clean or replace all caliper hardware. Check rear pads or shoes and replace if necessary. Check the brake fluid and add or replace according to the manufacturer’s specifications for the vehicle. Always tighten the wheel lugs in a five star pattern according to manufacturer’s recommended torque specifications. Always check all four tires for proper air pressure and wear. All ABS service work should be completed by an ASE certified mechanic.

Step 1: Remove lug nuts and wheel. If having difficulty, spray with CRC FREEZE-OFF® Super Penetrant first. Turn wheel to expose caliper assembly and inspect for cracks or damage.

Step 2: With brake assembly exposed, spray CRC BRAKLEEN® in short bursts at a distance of 18-24 inches to clear brake dust and road grime making visual inspection easier.

Step 3: Remove caliper bolts and assembly. Set assembly aside, be careful not to kink the brake line hose. Tip: While removing bolts and hardware collect all parts in a basin/pan and spray with BRAKLEEN to remove dust, dirt and grime before re-assembly.

Step 4: Reset (push back) brake caliper pistons to allow room for new brake pads. Set assembly aside.

Step 5: Remove caliper bracket assembly and slide pins. Spray caliper bolts, slide pins and bracket hardware with CRC BRAKLEEN® and wipe clean with shop rag.

Step 6: Remove brake rotor screw(s). If screw is difficult to remove, spray with CRC FREEZE-OFF®.

Step 7: Prior to removing rotor, spray all contact points with CRC ULTRA SCREWLOOSE® Super Penetrant or CRC FREEZE-OFF for easy removal.

Step 8: Install new or turned rotor. Be sure to clean rotor with CRC BRAKLEEN prior to installation to remove protective oil used in packaging. If installing turned/cut rotor, clean with CRC BRAKLEEN to remove all residue and metal shavings from the lathe.

Step 9: Replace caliper bracket. Apply a thin film of CRC NUT LOCK THREADLOCKER to the caliper bolts prior to installation.

Step 10: Apply CRC DISC BRAKE QUIET to the back of the new pads to prevent noise. For shimmed pads use CRC SYNTHETIC BRAKE & CALIPER GREASE. For high performance or racing applications use CRC SILARAMIC® Brake System Grease.

Step 11: Spray rotor and friction surface of pads with CRC DE-SQUEAK Brake Conditioning Treatment to fill grooves in friction surfaces for smoother braking. Install brake pads.

Step 12: Reassemble caliper assembly. Lubricate all metal-to-metal contact points and slide pins with CRC SYNTHETIC BRAKE & CALIPER GREASE.

Step 13: Before reinstalling wheel, spray studs or bolts with a light coating of CRC POWER LUBE® Multi-Purpose Lubricant to protectfrom corrosion. Replace wheel and tighten bolts.



Can I use soap & water for brake parts cleaning?

Soap and water are only suitable for one step in a brake job: to remove the shavings from rotor turn operations. Grease and grime build-up needs to be removed with a solvent-based product. In addition, soap and water is not readily available in a shop environment.

Why do some brake parts cleaner brands claim that their products have a higher fluid content vs net weight?  Does that mean they contain more product?

Different brands of brake parts cleaners contain different propellants. For example, Propane is filled as a liquid (mLs) versus the CO2 propellant in CRC BRAKLEEN which is measured by weight. Comparing liquid content to net weight really is irrelevant. What really matters is how well the product performs. It’s not an advantage to have more of a product that doesn’t work or takes twice as much product and time to do the job.

Is Methylene Chloride a paint stripper?

Yes, it is. CRC BRAKLEEN formulas DO NOT contain Methylene Chloride. Use of a brake parts cleaner containing Methylene Chloride could increase the liklihood of damage to automotive finishes.

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