How to Change the Brake Pads on a 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

The Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera was a medium size sedan made by Oldsmobile from 1982 to 1996. It was a front-wheel drive car that used disc brakes on the front wheels. Over time, the brake pads on the disc brakes will wear out and need to be replaced. Replacing these brake pads is a straightforward process and can be done in one afternoon by someone with some mechanical knowledge.

Tools Used: Tire iron, Floor jack, Jack stand, Wrench and socket set, Replacement brake pads

Change Brake Pads

Accessing the Brakes

Park the Cutlass on a level and firm surface. A concrete garage floor works well.

Loosen the lug nuts with the tire iron.

Place a floor jack under the front cross-member and lift the car high enough to fit jack stands under the car's frame next to the wheel wells.

Position the jack stands under the frame next to the front wheel wells.

Lower the car onto the jack stands.

Remove the lug nuts and then the front tires.

Changing the Brakes

Use a wrench and socket set to remove the two bolts holding the disc brake assembly in place.

Tap the brake pads out with the handle of the wrench to hit the pads towards the center of the assembly.

Place the new brake pads into the brake assembly. The brake pads may or may not pop in, depending on how many times the brake pads have been changed.

Slide the brake assembly over the brake rotor. There should be one brake pad on each side of the rotor pressed against it.

Insert and tighten the bolts to hold the assembly in place with the wrench and socket set.

Finishing Up

Repeat the brake pad changing process for the other side of the Cutlass.

Set the tires over the axle hubs and then screw on the lug nuts evenly around the tire until the tire is fully positioned on the hub.

Lift the car with the jack and remove the jack stands.

Lower the car to the ground.

Use the tire iron to tighten all of the lug nuts on the car, not just the ones you removed.

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