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|02.06.2007: Index screw|
Install the new rotor, apply some anti-seize on the index screw and put
it in. Don't tighten the screw too hard if you don't want to fight it the
next time you're doing your brakes.
Front brake pad and rotor replacement on a 1999 Saab 9-5. This guide will
also apply to NG900 and 9-3.
guide is available if you're looking to upgrade your brakes with 308 mm
rotors and Aero calipers.
After the installation, an aggressive bed-in is recommended. Find a street
with low traffic and a high speed limit. Do a series of moderate intensity
stops to heat up your brakes (or roll with a brake pedal slightly engaged).
Then do a series of really hard stops from 100 km/h to 10 km/h. Brake as
hard as you can, almost to the point of locking the wheels, but never come
to a complete stop, always keep the car moving. Do it 8-10 times, you might
notice a strong burning smell and some brake fade by the end of the series -
this is normal. Drive the car for another 10 minutes to let the brakes cool
Tools and supplies:
- Torx E20 socket: caliper bolts (2002+ 9-5);
- 18 mm socket: caliper bolts (1999-2001 9-5);
- 17 mm socket: wheel bolts;
- 10 mm Allen socket: caliper bolts (NG900/9-3);
- 7 mm Allen socket: caliper guide pins;
- 5 mm Allen socket: rotor index screw;
- impact driver, drill and screw extractor (optional);
- wire brush;
- torque wrench;
- anti-seize grease;
- car jack and stands.