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Old 02 Jun 2005, 02:10 pm
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Default Brake Replacement ?

I am a new owner, just picked up a used 2003 PT Cruiser TE. The Saturn I owned before this had a great support network on the forum I used, with great how to information, with pictures if they where needed.
My question to this forum:
Is it difficult to pull the rotors while you are doing the pads.
Does anyone have the instruction on how to pull the rotors to change the brake pads?

I want to add that I called a shop near me, and they want 229.00 for rear only (with ceramic pads), is this good or can I do it for less?

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Old 02 Jun 2005, 02:56 pm
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It's VERY easy.
Jack up & remove wheel.
2 thru-bolts hold on caliper.
Pry pads back a bit to take off caliper.
A Star washer on a stud is all that holds rotor on.
Take old pads out.
C-Clamp to push piston back (slowly).
Put on new rotor, slip in new pads.
Put caliper back - note: rubber sleeves on bolts can get it the way, pull them back while mounting caliper.

Go to another shop or do it yourself:
1) $229 is high - I replaced all 4 rotors & pads with the best parts for just under $300.
2) I don't think anybody makes ceramic rear pads for the PT - Fronts, yes.

I went to NAPA, ceramic front pads (Raybestos), top line rotors & better rear pads - NAPA has several prices - the more expensive rotors are better steel.
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Old 02 Jun 2005, 03:17 pm
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Welcome! This forum isn't as strong on the DIY stuff as some, but is great on common problems and fixes, and word-of-mouth on aftermarket equipment.
If you plan on doing a lot of service, a factory manual is a great investment.

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Old 02 Jun 2005, 03:22 pm
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Thanks for the quick response, I think I will pick up the manual, along with your instructions and try it myself.

There is a NAPA near, I will check them out too.
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Old 02 Jun 2005, 07:46 pm
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the best price I found back in april for
raybestos front pads...was at

very quick delivery and helpful........


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Old 02 Jun 2005, 09:35 pm
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By the way the Top Quality Rotores at NAPA are made by Raybestos....So you mught want to check Autoszone...Pep Boys or places like that for a better price....
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Old 06 Jun 2005, 04:19 pm
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I called a couple of places and will need to order a Chrysler PT Cruiser 2001-2003 Manual.

Does anyone have a recommendation a on manual?
Or from Chrysler?
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Old 08 Jun 2005, 03:45 pm
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I use and recommend Chrysler factory manuals only. If you are just needed it for a few things U can buy them on ebay in CD format for like $10 to $15 and if they are offical manuals on disk they will work out fine. Of course unless U have a laptop to read them you have to look or print inside house and go to garage to work.
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Old 10 Jun 2005, 08:27 pm
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If you are looking for a service manual try this
04 cool vanila Limited Turbo

Wife has a 03 limited
(Steel Blue)
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