2005 Chevrolet Avalanche Replace Front Brake Pads

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The brake pads on a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche are the most frequently maintained part of the braking system, and the condition of the rotors and calipers can be checked while the pads are being replaced. Brake pads shrink over time; and when they begin to get too thin, a metal section is exposed, creating a high-pitched squealing sound whenever the brake pedal is depressed. As soon as that noise begins, make plans to replace the brake pads as soon as possible.

Tools Used[edit]

Jack stands
Lug wrench
Socket wrench
Screwdriver (Optional)
Silicone grease

Replace Front Brake Pads[edit]

  • Park the vehicle on a flat surface and set the parking brake.
  • Loosen the lug nuts on the front tire by turning a lug wrench 1/2 turn on each nut. Place a jack under the front of the truck in the center of the frame. Lift the Avalanche until jack stands can be placed under the front axle. Finish removing the lug nuts then remove the wheel.
  • Remove the two bolts holding the caliper in place. Inspect the caliper for damage then carefully hang it from the axle with a short piece of wire so the brake line doesn't get damaged. Inspect the rotor for damage.
  • Press in on the brake pad with a C-clamp to fully compress the piston underneath. Pull up and back on the clips that hold the brake pad in place. Remove the brake pad. If the pad is stuck, carefully pry it loose with a flat head screwdriver.
  • Dab a small amount of silicone grease on the back of the new brake pads and put them in place. Push the retaining clips closed until they snap into position.
  • Reassemble the brake assembly by reversing the steps above. Put the wheel back on the axle and tighten down the lug nuts most of the way. Repeat with the other wheel.
  • Remove the jack stands and lower the Avalanche to the ground. Climb in the vehicle and press the brake pedal three or four times to seat the pads.