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How To Replace Brake Pads And Discs - Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 2006 - 2009
Fiat Grande Punto 2006-2009
If you own a Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 2006-2009 you will no doubt be happy with your little car as I believe it is one of the best 3/5 door hatchbacks in it's class. Compared to the older style Fiat Punto's the Grande Punto is not only a larger car but has many more refinements than any Punto which has ever gone before it.
This article will show you How To Replace Brake Pads And Discs On The Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 2006 - 2009 should you wish to save money on dealer prices and tackle the job for your own satisfaction.
The braking system on the Fiat Grande Punto 1. 2 is made up using Bosch parts and are very easily accessible both online and in Motor Accessory shops. Obviously you can purchase your brake discs and pads from Fiat dealers but I am sure you will be aware that this is not a cost effective way to buy your parts to self fit. Dealer prices are always inflated, but, you are guaranteed that you get genuine Fiat parts and are guaranteed replacements.
The parts which were bought for the car in this article were sourced online and saved the owner over £100 due to not having any labour charges to pay at a garage.
For the competent home mechanic changing a set of discs and pads is relatively straightforward providing you have a reasonably comprehensive toolkit as well as axle stands and a hydraulic jack. Any tool kit you have will be worth the investment as it can be used time after time on all jobs as a DIY home mechanic.
Before You Begin.
If you are doing this type of job for the first time let me tell you that if you are in any doubt at all about your competence in doing the job do not do it and trust the job to a suitably experienced and qualified mechanic. When working on areas of a car where safety is of the utmost importance you must work within and know your limits as a DIY mechanic.
You will be working at the side of the car but may have need to go under the car so you must make sure that the vehicle is adequately supported using axle stands and I would suggest as an extra precaution that a hydraulic jack be supporting the weight also.
Make sure that your rear wheels are chocked and that the vehicle is in gear with the handbrake firmly applied.
Removal And Refitting.
As you are happy that the car is safely supported you can begin:-
- Remove the road wheel
- Spray any nuts and bolts to be removed with WD40 or similar to assist removal.
- Unbolt the caliper slides
- Remove and split the caliper (Piston section)
It is worth mentioning that it is a good idea to tie up the caliper and brake hose out of the way.
I tie it up to the coil spring so as not to damage the rubber brake hose or pipe.
- Now you can unbolt the remaining part of brake caliper containing the brake pads.
- Put the caliper to one side then you can undo the 2 screws with Torx heads on the disc.
- Remove disc from hub.
- Put the new disc on the hub and secure with the 2 Torx head screws.
- Using a suitable degreaser or solvent clean any oil, grease or debri from the new disc so the brake pads do not get contaminated on replacement.
Refit the brake pads into the caliper and it is ready then to re-bolt onto the vehicle. When replacing the pads on the near side front wheel you will notice that the pads come with a wire which is a sensor to tell you when the pads are ready for renewal. You may or may not have seen this warning light on your dash as a result. What I suggest when you do this side is take a photograph before you remove the caliper then you will fit it in the same way as it comes off.
It is always a good idea to take photos of how parts are assembled before removal if there is a chance you may not remember how they went.
Before you refit the caliper piston to the caliper body you will need to push back the piston in the caliper otherwise you will not get the caliper back on the body due to the new pads being thicker than the worn ones you have removed.
Pushing the piston back is easy providing you have a G Clamp. If using a small clamp you may need a piece of wood to go across the piston so that when you tighten the clamp it provides even pressure across the piston.Before you push the piston back take the lid off of the brake fluid reservoir as the fluid level may raise due to the pressure of the piston pushing back. A cloth maybe needed to catch any overspill at the top of the reservoir. Be careful not to trap the rubber gaiter on the piston and push the piston back carefully.
Refitting of the caliper piston is the reverse of the removal.
This is a must read for great advice on brake safety.
Once the parts have been put back on the car and the road wheel secured you will need to road test the vehicle. Before moving the car you will need to prime the brake pedal by pumping it up and down 3 to 4 times until resistance is felt at the top of the pedal stroke. That way you know that the piston has pushed the pads close to the new disc ready to be used.
Be careful for a few hundred miles after replacement as your new discs and pads need to be bedded in and will not be 100% effective immediately.
Once the protective coating of the disc has worn off with heat and has turned silver you will notice that brake efficiency improves.
Congratulations you have saved yourself a great deal of money and have the peace of mind also that the job has been done correctly.
Next job rear brake shoe replacement?
That will be a job for another article soon.