2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Change Brakes & Rotors

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The 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS is the high-performance version of the Monte Carlo full-size coupe made by the Chevrolet division of General Motors Corporation. The SS is equipped with disc brakes on all four wheels. Two parts can wear out on the disc brake system -- the brake pads and the rotors. Typically, just the brake pads are replaced, but if the pads wear down, they can damage the rotors.

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Tire iron
Floor jack
Jack stands
Ratchet and socket set
Brake drum puller
Ball-peen hammer
New brake rotors
New brake pads

[edit] Change Brakes & Rotors

Accessing the Brakes

  • Park the Monte Carlo on a level surface.
  • Use the tire iron to loosen the lug nuts on the wheels covering the bad brakes. The right and left sides have to be changed simultaneously but the front and rear brakes do not have to be changed at the same time.
  • Roll the floor jack under the coupe and lift it off the ground by the frame.
  • Place a jack stand under the frame next to each elevated wheel, then lower the Monte Carlo onto the jack stands.
  • Use the tire iron to remove the lug nuts and then the tires.

Changing the Brakes and Rotors

  • Use the ratchet and sockets to remove the bolts on the back of the brake assembly. Wiggle the assembly back and forth until it comes off of the brake rotor.
  • Hook the arms of the brake drum puller evenly around the brake rotor, then tighten the central bolt of the puller until the puller is securely attached to the brake rotor.
  • Attach the ratchet to the central bolt of the puller and tighten the bolt a quarter of a turn. If the brake rotor moves, continue tightening the central bolt until the rotor comes off or stops. If the rotor comes off, which is unusual, skip the next step.
  • Tap gently around the center of the brake rotor with the ball-peen hammer. Tighten the central bolt a quarter of a turn. Repeat the tapping and tightening until the rotor breaks free and comes off easily.
  • Set the new brake rotor on the axle hub, then push it firmly against the hub.
  • Tap the back of the old brake pads with the ratchet handle to knock them out of the brake pad tracks. Remove the pads and insert the new brake pads in their place.
  • Set the brake assembly over the brake rotor. Screw in and tighten the assembly bolts with the ratchet and sockets.

Completing the Change

  • Change the brakes on the other side of the Monte Carlo.
  • Set the tires on the axles. Screw on the lug nuts evenly.
  • Lift the Monte Carlo off the jack stands. Move the stands out of the way.
  • Lower the Monte Carlo to the ground.
  • Use the tire iron to tighten all of the lug nuts.
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