Rotors are equally important for better braking performance on the road. Your Chevy Uplander rotors need a change when you hear squeaky sounds when braking. Rotors rub on the brake pads, and constant friction lessening the life span on the rotors.
Driving with faulty rotors will reduce safety on the road as the brakes will fail you. You don’t want to risk your life and the life of your passengers with worn rotors. Here are ways to help you change them by yourself if you a DIY savvy.
Signs the rotors need replacement
It is easy to determine when to change the rotors on a Chevy Uplander to new ones. Heavy use and your driving habits will make your rotor warped. You have warped rotors if you experience any of these in your Chevy Uplander.
- When you notice a screeching sound when braking, check the condition of the rotors, rotors that have worn out will usually make a squeaky noise which is unpleasant to the ears.
- When you notice scoring marks on the rotors, consider changing them to new ones. One more sign to look for is when you experience vibrations on the pedal. You will notice unusual vibrations when you are driving.
- If the Chevy Uplander takes longer to come to a stop when you makea stop. A good rotor will give your car a good, smooth, and quick shopping experience.
Tools required for this project
- New rotors
- Jack and Jack stands
- Wire tie
- Protective glasses and gloves
Changing the rotors on a Chevy Uplander
1. Ascertain the damage
Before changing the rotor, it’s best if you inspect your car. You will need to check all the rotors, both the rear and at the front. Sometimes you will need to replace more than one rotor in the vehicle. For safety reasons, ensure the car gets fully positioned with jack stands to avoid minor accidents. One tip would be to put the removed wheels under your Uplander, just if something happens to the jack stands.
2. Pivot your vehicle
Please park your car in a suitable place where it gets raised, usually on a leveled ground. Use a jack to keep the car raised and positioned with the jack stands.
3. Removing the lug nuts
The lug nut, when removed, will give you a better virtual view of the components. Use a wire tie to keep it intact to the strut. When removing lug nuts, you will require a ratchet or a breaker bar. Loosen the bolts before proceeding to the bleeder screw as they are usually tighter than you think. When they seem too tight, you need to apply pressure, and you’re your body weight. You will be required to turn the lug nuts clockwise when attempting to remove them.
Use a wrench to remove the wheel when you have removed the lug nuts. Remove the wheels, and then proceed to remove the bolts securing the calliper.
Now use a ratchet to remove the calliper bolts, and be careful not to hang loose. When this happens, you risk damaging your car’s brake lines. Hang it in a sturdy area.
4. Removing the rotor
The rotors are held in place and secured with screws, and to remove it, you will need to shock it first. You will also need to loosen the screw holding it together. Sometimes instead of loosening it, you will be required to tighten it instead. From the wheel assemble, pull the rotor off. Clean the wheels and install your new rotor onto the wheel assembly.
5. Putting back the calliper
To put the calliper back to its original place, ensure you cut off the wire tie you form the previous step. Use pliers to cut it off and reposition the calliper. Place the calliper back on the wheel assembly and secure the bolts using a ratchet. If the caliper seems a bit tight, push back the piston to fix the problem. The result is that it should slide smoothly.
6. Reinstalling the wheel and lug nuts
Check your wheels before reinstalling it. Check for any wear or tear on the threads on the wheels. Clean everything before placing them back; use a wire brush to clean rust on the lug nuts. Place back the wheel as before and push it back to the point where it rests against the rotors. Use the reverse method of what you did when uninstalling the wheel.
Restore the lug nuts using a lug wrench or by hand and tighten them back in place. Follow the star pattern when tightening them back.
With the wheel assembly back in place and wheels tightened, your Chevy should be ready to be lowered down. To do this, remove the jack stands under the car to put it down to the ground. You should be able to do this easily with a jack.
7. Repeat to the other sides
If you are changing more than one rotor on either side of the front or rear sides, repeat the same process. When you do all the steps correctly, changing on the other wheels will be quicker and take you less time.
8. Test the Uplander
Testing will let you know if you have done the correct thing or not. Fixed rotors will not make annoying squeaky noises anymore. Go on a short drive and see how the brakes work with the new rotors.
Rotors allow you to stop your Chevy uplander and take emergency breaks. A good rotor equals safety on the road. When your car’s brakes fail, you are likely to veer off the road and cause an accident. Nothing lasts forever, and are your vehicle’s rotors. Make it a habit to frequently check on your rotors to ensure they are a good condition. Do this by using a rotor micrometer to always check on the thickness of the rotors. Never put your Chevy Uplander on the road with warped rotors to avoid the brakes failing you.