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Old 10-16-2019, 09:08 PM   #1
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Brake Replacement Help on 02 Pontiac Montana

So my dad's crappy van needs a full brake overhaul, consisting of front and rear brake pads, rotors, probably e-brake too. Problem is, I'm a BMW guy and I have no idea what to do with an American car. Also doesn't help that there's not many documented DIYs out there for this particular car.

Mostly SAE sizes right?

Is it a disc brake or drum brake?

What are the go-to brake pad brands for these American cars? I would think Akebono or Hawks would be overkill LOL.

Does it have a friggin rotor screw? (Probably gonna have to torch the shit outta it, if so)

Anything else I should look out for?

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Old 10-16-2019, 10:25 PM   #2
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Mostly SAE sizes right?
Hard to say, my 92 Jeep Wrangler and 00 Jeep Cherokee were metric. Or it could be like my moms old Aerostar where all you need to change the pads is a hammer (that was the weirdest vehicle to work on).

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Is it a disc brake or drum brake?
Go poke your head under it and take a look?

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What are the go-to brake pad brands for these American cars? I would think Akebono or Hawks would be overkill LOL.
Just grab something from the Daily Driver category on RockAuto. Or if he's not keeping it much longer slap on some cheap pads and leave the rotors.

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Does it have a friggin rotor screw? (Probably gonna have to torch the shit outta it, if so)
RockAuto should have pictures of the replacement rotors that you might be able to tell from.
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Rotor retaining screw? Impact driver.

Just get a decent set of pads and rotors. EHT's and Raybestos discs. If it's drum rear, make sure you get some springs and check for leaks at the wheel cylinders.

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