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How to Change the Brake Pads on an SRX

    • 1). Park the Cadillac in an area that provides a safe space to work on both sides of the vehicle. Put the transmission in "park" and engage the parking brake. Place tire blocks behind the rear tires to prevent the SRX from rolling.

    • 2). Loosen the lug nuts with the tire iron.

    • 3). Lift the Cadillac with the lifting jack. Place jack stands beneath the frame of the vehicle. Be sure to leave enough space between the tires and the surface of the road to allow the wheels to be removed and replaced.

    • 4). Remove the lug nuts and pull the wheels from the lug nut bolts.

    • 5). Remove the brake caliper bolts. The two bolts are located on the outside wall of the caliper, closest to the frame of the Cadillac. Use a 13mm socket and ratchet. Place a drip pan beneath the caliper.

    • 6). Open the brake fluid bleed valve using an adjustable wrench. The bleed valve is located just above the top caliper bolt.

    • 7). Rotate the caliper off of the rotor. Slide the brake pads from the caliper. The brake pads are connected to the caliper by metal clips that slide onto the walls of the caliper. Spray chain lubricant on the clips before sliding in case of rust.

    • 8). Open the caliper piston by squeezing it against the caliper wall. The piston is the metal cylinder that protrudes from the inside of one of the caliper walls. While squeezing, the brake fluid will be expelled from the caliper into the drip pan through the bleed valve.

    • 9). Close the bleed valve with the adjustable wrench. Slide the new brake pads onto the caliper walls by way of the attached metal clips. Rotate the caliper onto the rotor and replace the caliper bolts. Tighten the bolts with a 13mm socket and ratchet.

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      Return the wheels to the lug nut bolts and screw on the lug nuts by hand.

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      Lift the Cadillac with the lifting jack to remove the jack stands. Lower the vehicle to the ground.

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      Press the brake pedal repeatedly until the pedal response returns to normal.

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