How To Install Brakes for a Pontiac G6

The Pontiac G6 is powered by a 3.5 liter v-6 engine, weighing 220 lbs. It delivers a top speed of around 110 mph.  This powerful sedan needs serious braking capabilities as well. So if you own one and drive it to its full potential, odds are you will be using your brakes a lot.

  • First thing to do is remove the hub cap of your Pontiac G6 sedan. You will then need to break the lug nuts loose. You remove the hubcap off when you remove the lug nuts. Turning the nuts to the right will tighten them, while turning the nuts left will loosen them. Use the appropriate sized nut driver. Once loose you may remove the nuts using your hands.
  • Use your car jack to lift the vehicle, allowing you to remove the tire. You can also put wooden or cement blocks as an alternative. Remove your tire and check as well if they are in proper condition (check for piercings). Set the nuts aside, you will use the same set when you put the tire back. Be sure the engine is turned off and that your car is in park.
  • You will need to use a socket or your wrench to remove the bolts that clutch the caliper. You will find them both at the hind side near the axle. You will then need to hang the caliper by using a flexible cord.
  • Now you can remove the brake pads by tugging them off. You will notice the two pads are different so make sure which is located where. Now, you’ll have to compress the brake piston by using a C clamp. To avoid damage on the piston, you can use the brake pads you just removed.
  • You may now attach the brake pads on and put back the caliper. Tighten the bolts back by hand first, and then by using your trusty wrench or whatever you used a while ago when you loosened them. Keep in mind, tight-right and loose-left. For maximum friction on the pads, you will need to be diligent in not putting grease on the pads and rotor surface.
  • Place the tire back on and use the same lug nuts you set aside. Place each one on and tighten using your hand first and an L wrench to finish the job.
  • Remove the bricks from under your car or lower the jack carefully (whichever method you used) to lower your car. Remove any tool you used from under the car and any debris to avoid accidents.
  • Start up your Pontiac G6 sedan and drive slowly to test how the brake responds. If you need to do the ones on the back, follow the same procedure. They will be slightly different, but the same idea should apply.

You may now drive your Pontiac G6 sedan once you are sure that the brakes work properly. Always maintain your sedan by having tune-ups done regularly. Love your Pontiac G6 sedan and it will love you back.


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