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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Changing the front brake pads and rotors on your Jaguar X-type (2001 - 2005)

This guide is for the front brakes.
This are the things you will need, if you are buying any of them I recommend the link next to it:

  1. Suck as much brake fluid out of the brake master cylinder reservoir as you can. Leave the cap off but cover the hole with a rag.
  2. Crack the lug nuts.
  3. Lift the front of the car and support in jack stands.
  4. Remove the wheels.
  5. Remove the two bolt that hold the caliper in place.

  6. Remove the caliper.
  7. Remove the pads.
  8. Remove the two bolts holding the caliper bracket.
  9. Remove the caliper bracket.
  10. Catch a couple of threads on a stud with one of the lug nuts.
  11. With a hammer hit the rotor until it comes out, the lug nut is so the rotor doesn't go flying.

  12. With a wire brush, clean the surface where the new rotor is going to seat.

  13. Putting some antiseize on the surface is not required but recomended.

  14. Place the new rotor in place.

  15. Make sure the pins on the bracket are free, if they are not, pull them out, clean them with some WD40 and grease them. Then push them back.
  16. Place the bracket, catch the bolts by hand.

  17. Then tighten the bolts. (133Nm or 98ft lbs.)
  18. Grease the contact points on the new pads with brake grease.

  19. Place the new pads in place.

  20. Place the caliper in place.
  21. Push the caliper pistons all the way back.
  22. If your pads came with new bolts, catch the new bolts by hand.
  23. Tighten the bolts.(30Nm or 22ft.lbs.)

  24. Place the wheel back in place, catch the lug nuts and tighten them as much as possible.
  25. Do the other side, same procedure.
  26. Lower the car.
  27. Tighten the wheels.
  28. Refill the reservoir with approved brake fluid to the 'max' mark.Then pump the brake and make sure the pedal feels high and tight. Recheck the brake fluid and make sure the fluid is at the 'max' mark. Tighten the cap.
  29. Now that you have new brakes, make sure you drive slowly the first couple of days, to get used to them and break them in. 

29 comments:

  1. Excellent description and illustrations!

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  2. I have a question, I have a 03 jag x-type awd and my back driver side brake keeps locking up any clue what might be causing this problem. I would really appreciate it if you could give me some insight to this.

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    1. sound like your brake caliper is locked up, you might need a new brake caliper, i ve changed a few of these, but this is a GUESS i would need to see your car to properly diagnose it. If I could fix cars across the web i'd be rich!!!

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  3. Ok thank you I really appreciate it...I'll try that and hope it works

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  4. This says to 2005. I just had a set of Cross-drilled EBCs arrive and want to replace them in the morning. Is the process the same for the 2006 ?

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    1. yes, it should be pretty similar, maybe slight differences on the pics but it should be the same idea

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  5. Nice article, appreciate the time it took to write up. But, what do you use to push the caliper piston back on the front brakes? C-clamp?

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  6. C-clamps work best. Use the old brake pad in between the clamp and piston. and slowly tighten as to not flood the resivor.

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    1. I agree, if you want you could try a screwdriver and pry it back while the caliper is still in there but it's not recomended, specially if you are not changing the rotors

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  7. Excellent! Nice article.
    Thank you very much for your time, your help and your expertise.
    So great to have all the answers to our questions when it comes to X-type +.

    Regards,
    Jag Lova
    NY

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  8. I have a 2005 Jaguar X Type with 41,000 miles. I am looking to change the front brakes for the first time. I had read somewhere that the rotors would probably have to be changed the first time also because they wear faster than the back? Is this true? In addition, by pushing the caliper piston in with a c clamp, can the ABS (or anything else) be damaged?

    Thanks.

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    1. changing the rotors is always recommended for optimal results (no noise, perfect braking etc) but I'd be lying if I said that it was necessary. What you need to do is check the thickness of the rotor with a caliper and if it is 22.2 mm (this is the spec) or less then you have to change it. If not you can keep them. I recommend a powder coated rotor from the links I provided. You can't damage the abs as long as you stay away from the wire (the wire is not even on the way so don't worry too much). If you follow the instructions you'll be fine. Make sure you use a good pad like the Akebono I recommended on the link. Best of luck!!!

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    2. Thank you. I am grateful for your help.

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  9. Many thank,s your advice is second to none really gratefull saved me a lot of time

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  10. Best description and photo's of X-Type rotor and pad replacement on web. We appreciate your time. My four wheel brake job went fine, rear wheels a little more complicated due to the hand brake cable. ABS sensor and fluid intake lines do not have to be removed to install pads and rotors. I used a coat hanger to support the caliper while working. I would like your insights as to cautions/consequences of forcing the caliper piston back into its cylinder without loosening/removing a bleed screw to allow the fluid to exit. My brakes seem a bit spongy after job and I did not open the system at any point...Why spongy now even after I bled the brakes attempting to remove the spongy feel.

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    1. try a brake flush. brake fluid is supposed to be changed every two years. Thanx for the many compliments, best of luck!

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  11. Nice write up, thanks very much. I replaced all rotors and pads on my '05 X-Type, and all went well with the exception of the passenger side front rotor/pads. Wheel shimmies now, with full pad wear as well (both sides of rotor). Tried re-cleaning rotor w/brake cleaner, no luck. Put old rotor on, still does it. Haven't tried old pads yet, or any wheel bleeding. Pretty nasty shimmy @ 50-60MPH, but can hear it rubbing at any speed. Does not shimmy at all when braking, Like I said, wear marks only on right front rotor (shimmy feels and sounds like it's coming from that side as well). All others seem to wear just fine, and are clean. Any idea of what I'm looking at?

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    1. if it was the brakes in my experience it would shimmy when you apply them. Since your shimmy is so specific and worst at 50 to 60 mph then I would suspect a tire. Try rotating the tires and see if that makes a difference. Also what brand of pads did you use?

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  12. Yeah, I thought of the tire too, but it made no sense that it just came up immediately after replacing the brakes. No problem like that prior. I'll go ahead and try it though. I used Duralast Gold Cmax pads.

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    1. i always recommend akebono but try rotating the tires with the rear one and see what it wants to do.

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    2. I found the issue. Actually, the problem was with the front left rotor. There was a compressed chunk of rust hiding in the shadow of one of the lugs. Knocked it off, and runs like a champ now. Thanks for your help!

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  13. I have a a 2002 X-Type 3.0 with the larger break rotors. I thought I read that when changing the pads you can't use a clamp to spread the calipers because it will damage a valve in the ABS system. Is it recommended to drain the fluid frorm the caliper before spreading and then replace fluid and bleed the brakes?

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    1. I've been (and every mechanic trust me) pushing them back with no problem, and never had an ABS issue after. I do not recommend draining the fluid of any part of the system because that will create air pockets and they are hard to get rid off. You don;t want to be driving down the street and have you pedal go to the floor and not stop. There are a lot of things that we are "technically" supposed to do though, like flush our brake fluid every two years.

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