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C5 Brakes: An Easy Upgrade

C5 Brakes: An Easy Upgrade

C5 Brakes: An Easy Upgrade

Winter might have finally set in, but driving weather will be back before we know it! To ensure that your Corvette is ready, Mid America Motorworks has put together some tips to plan ahead for Spring driving.

C5 Rear Brake Upgrade

Tools: To begin, gather common tools that you have in your toolbox:

  • Lug Wrench or Impact Gun
  • Screw Driver
  • Gloves
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Bungee Cords
Tool Symbols
Brake Kit
Center Cap Removal
1. Start by removing the Center Cap of the wheel, then loosen and remove the lug nuts.
Tire Removal
2. Remove the tire to expose the Brake Caliper.
removing caliper bracket bolts
3. Remove the Caliper Bracket Bolts.
calipers strapped in place with bungee cords
4. Now that the Caliper Bracket Bolts have been removed, you'll want to use the Bungee Cords to strap the caliper in place.
old rotor being removed
5. Remove the old rotor by pulling it toward you, off of the hub. Next replace it with the new rotor.
replacing brake pads
6. Once the rotor is installed, you can replace your brake pads. Remove the old pads by popping the brake pads out of the calipers.
removal of caliper bracket
7. Now remove the caliper bracket from the caliper.
brake clip install
8. Install new brake clips into the bracket.
bracket placed back on caliper
9. Once the brake clips are installed, put the bracket back on the brake caliper, tightening to 23 ft/lbs.
lubin' up the screws
10. Now you're ready for the new brake pads. Be sure to use the supplied packet to lubricate the small screws on top and bottom of the caliper. Do NOT lubricate the rotors or the insides of the pads – this will cause your brakes to stop working.
installing pads
11. Install new brake pads into the calipers.
using caliper compressor tool
12. Using a caliper piston compressor tool (104005), compress the piston and set the caliper back into the original position.
tighten caliper bracket bolts
13. Use a torque wrench to tighten the caliper bracket bolts to 125 ft/lbs, then put the wheel back on the wheel studs.
using caliper compressor tool
14. Put the lug nuts back on the wheel and tighten in a 5 point star pattern to 50 ft/lbs, repeat at 75 ft/lbs, then a final 100 ft/lbs, which is the recommended torque.
tighten caliper bracket bolts
15. Place the center cap back on and repeat on the other side.