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Are your brakes squealing?
If they are, then your brakes need some attention!

The front brakes have a safety clip on the pad which causes the noise. This is a warning noise, but you should replace your front brakes very soon.

The rear brakes do not squeal until the pad is actually completely gone. So if your rear brakes are squealing, then you should repair them immediately.


This DIY section walks you through an entire brake job. The process is identical between the front and rear so there are not separate sections for each side.

I do not go into replacing the emergency brake system, as my shoes were not worn out.

For tools, you will need:

1. Sockets: 3/8 or 10mm, 17mm, 19mm or E-20 torx(for 2002 and newer 9-5's)
2. T30 Torx socket
3. 6mm hex wrench
4. Big hammer
5. Brake cleaner
6. Straight edge screwdriver
7. Torque wrench
For parts, you will need:
1. New brake pads
2. New rotors (Aero front rotors are bigger than regular 9-5)
3. Rebuilt calipers or rebuild kits
  • The front caliper rebuild kit is part #4778262 and costs $53. The whole rebuilt caliper is $59.
    4. 1 liter of DOT 4 brake fluid
  • This job is pretty straight forward and easy to do in a driveway. I have heard of some people's rotors severely rusting onto the hubs, but mine came off after some hits with the big hammer.

    Let's get going!

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