In this video I am swapping out the front pads and rotors on a customers Buick Encore with the big 1.4 liter. It is a pretty simple job most of the time. This particular one had some seized up caliper pins though. Still not to big of a deal.
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Interviewers: Welcome back to the Softman off Channel That's a 2017 Buick It's the Encore premium with the big one for needs some front brakes. It's got a C's caliper pin I Think the bottom one here was a little bit tight so we're gonna have to fix that. Let's get after it. get some light here.

Hopefully you guys can see. Hopefully I can see now this one. We've already done some videos in Blower Motor got some rear brake action control arms tie rod end I Needed everything. It's got a lot of miles on it.

180 000 or so 10 mil. Remove these. there's one. there's two.

We'll set them into this side right there. Find the lift. We'll pull our caliper back now. before we get too far, we need to make sure that this caliper can compress.

We're just going to give her a push back in here with our backy tool. There you go. That's good. You're not making a YouTube video, let her swing by the hose.

but if you are, put a hook in it and then we're gonna take them little guys out. 18 millimeters at least on the one I'm working on. they've gotten Loctite on them from the factory. Give her a little Kumbaya there.

Shimon There's that one Now we'll grab the ugly dug a gun. Yeah we'll move this up. One click stretching the hose too much. let me, uh, shove it back there.

we go now. Can you see? Kind of didn't help at all. wrong way. I Know Mercy Reversy Get your bracket out of the way.

Oh gosh, Before I make a little noise, we're gonna grab our T30 very light ugga Dugas here. This came right now. Usually it just blows your bed apart. Oh look at that.

This one's shiny clean already so we don't even have to clean that. Wow! Lucky us. Get the fluid film. give it a spritz go down to Napa get yourself a brand new router.

Boom! Slip it on, take your T30 we're gonna tighten that up very very lightly. I'm talking we're putting on setting one, but we're only going to use 0.25 of the other nugget string. There you go. Make sure you leave the comment how that is not supposed to go back in I'll be disappointed if I don't see that down there.

So I've always found it interesting when I see that comment which we see quite often people are like that's only for assembly. It's interesting because it's in service data. They have a Torx back in and it's part of the process. Do you need it? No.

I'm not disagreeing with that. You don't need it, but some people get all pissy about it. I Can't wait to put that in I should step your facing garbage can. Whoa dude.

get Hardware off. Now this is risque. We're gonna lightly hug and dug of this but we're gonna make sure she's not just going to snap your head. Let's go the other way.

Sometimes you just give them cracked loose a little bit. negative. Ghost Rider Let's go stick this in the vise. Let's peel this little thing off here first.

I'll tell you that much of things get some. Flush Cutters That'll work. Oh yeah, now we can see. Don't cut it unless you have a new one which I Knew this was seasoned up when we started.
so I Pre-ordered there. we go. Now we can see. Let's give her another whack of the other gun.

You gotta be careful because you can just snap the hydrate clean off. Let's heat her up a little bit. give her a little Spin and see if it comes out. we won't break out Vic Just yet.

Let's try a little map gas. You guys heat these up and you'd think the pin would go blowing out. but if you're using a little bit and you turn this thing red, I've seen the casting blow out right back in your face so be careful. We're creating a little missing here I Might have to get mixed.

This takes way too long. my patients are out. Yeehaw Did you see it? Puff the Bulls R Us up Don't I yeah I Just don't have your face in front of it. It can get you I'm going to take and sandblast this little guy.

We'll get her blasted off the pin or a blast off with the pads. Go and we'll blast off. We'll blast everything. Boom.

Everything's blasted. Pins bracket everything. Wipe the grease off the good Pin like I say I Bought us a boot kit from Napper. We're gonna take and put the a little grease on the outside here.

Okay, right where the boot's gonna go. That's the important part because if it gets all rusty out here, then crap gets under your boot and so that's what you want to do. That's the most important thing you can do in your life. We get the whole pin all the way to the top.

Same thing. So that way when the boot goes on, it seals up there, she seals noise. Put that baby on. We'll give it a little extra on here for good measure that we're going in.

Oh yeah, there's that boot. Same thing over here. smear some around the Barb Who's Barb I Guess that's not a Barb I don't know what it is. kind of Barbed in the groove.

We'll shine that one up, stick our boot on, give it a spin to distribute the grease around that. Groove going all the way. Wipe off the excess foreign. We used a Super Lube silicone bait Grease Food grade Dielectric meets USDA guidelines.

All right. So there's that. Now we'll get the high temp silly Ramek 3 000 degrees. We'll give it a little squirt here.

a little squirt there. Well, that's a lot of Squirt actually and just a half a squirt here because I've got too much on that side. Get your brush, get it all over everything. Try to keep her from getting rusty.

That's why we put it under the hardware because in our part of the world we have rust. endless amounts of it. All right. Once you fill up the cranny and the Nooks put yourself on some new hardware foreign, we'll make sure our pads fit.

Got some of the silent guards? Boom there they are. inside. Pad's got a Squealer outside the bed does not. That's your Squealer wear indicator.

what do you want to call it? Now These pads fit super loose in here, which is great. There's that one this one here and that one fits super loose. Fantastic! Let's go put our bracket on Shake yourself up some. Loctite I'm using the orange variety.
you probably can't see. It holds like red releases like blue. It's the gel type. It's stupid expensive for what it is I don't know why, but it is so we're gonna smear that on both bolts.

Good coating of the orange of course. I've got a nice shadow here so nobody can see. Stick our bracket up there. Put your bolts in.

there's that one. Grab yourself torque setting one. there's that pull out. get your torsion wrench, turn it on Sutter 118 ftlbs's and then pull to hear it click or vibrate.

There's that 118. come over here. get your pants. Peg Schlapper Squealer at the top, put on the outside one.

Oh, you're almost done. Now We need some slimy stuff here. Unhook your caliper if you have it hanging by a hook. Pretend like you're supporting it with your hand as it hangs by the hose.

unscrew the cap from your silly ramek. Yeah, we're gonna screw the little inside the ear here and we're running low. Don't look. I'm still support I'm supporting it with my forearm, my wrist.

Okay, there we go. A little there. a little on the Piston face. I'll show you what's up.

so we got some on the Piston face. It's fanelic so you don't really need to do this, but we still do grease up the Piston face the inside ears here. This jerk can actually move his leg. Let's see, everything's plastic.

Can you see? Nope. Can you see now? Somewhat so right in here, smeared around with your finger? Oh yeah. I'll get you. I'll show you where it's at I Love this stuff.

Feels so good So there do your inside ears. You know what? I'm saying Piston face. Spin it around, find something to wipe your finger off on your pants. will do.

Hold it right there. Hold it right there. Put that bulb in there. put that bolt in there.

Grab your Augie Doggy gun. Where'd it go? It's right here now. Switch out your socket, put your 10 mil on torque setting. one turn on your torque wrench light.

Please snug it up. Grab your torque crunch 21 ftlbs. Pull your tilty vibrates 24.6 way over 22.8 close enough. Give her one of them and that's it folks.

You're all done. Hope you enjoyed the video lighting here always sucks. It's a great shot, nice and bright but making videos it sucks. So there's your front brakes on your Buick Encore uh with the big one for caliper moves nice and free.

We need to go out and burnish in the pads yet? And before you do that, pump up your brakes and put your wheel on too. Don't drive this thing without the wheels and pump them brakes on. and make sure you check the brake fluid too I'll make sure that's full and that's pretty much all you got to do. Drive around burnish them in per manufacturers instructions.

um, some some like it hot and heavy, some like them long and slow so you gotta look and see how they want it and I know how I want you I want you in that comment section Questions: Comments: Stay and Steve the Facebook not on Tick Tock though and just my viewers. If I can do it, you can do it. Thanks for watching.

99 thoughts on “Buick encore: front brake job”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars VTRex says:

    I have 115k on mine. Needs all the same stuff. Love the car but sure doesn't like dirt roads.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan North Carolina says:

    They say that in Canada aboot!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Claude Voyer says:

    Great video as usual .
    Can you show how to replace 2019 Buick Enclave rear brake. They have electronic parking brake. I have no scanner

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bigdaddymak1439 says:

    They say that bolt is for assembly right?? Well you're assembling the brakes! Can't make it up! People are nuts

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Smith says:

    burnish burnish burnish, the wheel of fire, the wheel of fire

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 6 weeks ago • 35 years ago says:

    “No mercy reversey, WHATS IT GOT ERIC O?!?!!!” Neutral drop needs to come make an appearance as a fellow New Yorker.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kevin Koepke says:

    So, this lives the winters locked in a garage in Florida? Never seen a non-rotted underside for a 2017 in the rust belt. Thanks

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars VDPEFi says:

    Why didn't your torque the retaining screw? Don't you know that the torque on that screw directly affects the balance of the brake discs and not only that, can make the wheel rim out of balance and the tyre wear out in as little as 500 miles, what are you doing you absolute maniac?!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe T says:

    Thank you Eric! another great video! You are a Master.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 426 HEMI says:

    so is Napper FINALLY a sponsor???

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Clifford says:

    If you did nothing but brake videos, I'd still watch and love every one of them!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sarge Freedom says:

    Eric is so smooth, even the Amish love his videos

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pat Peacock says:

    I wonder if using the dry lubricant on the pens would be better then grease .the grease seems to gum up .

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Bruce McMillan says:

    Eric ,I keep trying to see what make, model impact you using here and some of the other vids I'm watching ,happy 4th weekend 🇨🇦

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Rizzy says:

    Thanks for the pro tip to simulate supporting the caliper…I'll definitely pretend to support the caliper or tell others to look away as needed for all my future brake jobs.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joeyf504327 says:

    do you ever flush the brake fluid as part of brake work?

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Bateman says:

    That's not supposed to go back in, Eric! 😛

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Philly Wonka says:

    The reason the loctite is super expensive is because we'll pay the price.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Steady Eddie says:

    Speaking of checking the brake fluid, I try to remember to make sure the master cylinder isn't completely full before I press the pistons back in the calipers. I think the quick lube places like to (un-necessarily) top off the fluid. Cheers

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan Benoit says:

    @SouthMainAuto Eric, first time commenter, long time watcher. I have a question about the position of the wear indicator on the inside pad. I noticed the original pads had the wear indicator in the bottom position and when you reinstalled them you put the wear indicator in the top position. I’m not a mechanic, just a measly diy’er, but from the limited information I can find on the web it says that the wear indicator on the pad should be in the most forward position. So in this case that should have been the position the original pads were in. Does it really matter which way the wear indicator goes or is it vehicle specific? If so perhaps the original pads were installed backwards? Also what is your take on removing the rubber grommet on the calliper slide and not reinstalling it? It seems it can be more troublesome by trapping moisture in the calliper slide pin bore causing rust to form and eventually seizing the calliper slide pin in the bore?

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Karen Cary says:

    ❤ I can do it. Not really but it sounds good.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WMichael S says:

    Very good timing! Today I did the front brakes on my wife's 2016 Encore. Nothing like having a professional how-to as a go-by. Thank you!

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DDD says:

    That's a good brake job right there.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edward Demedeiros says:

    Put it back. Always follow specs. Doing the right thing is what keeps us out of trouble!

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Erickson says:

    Enjoyed watching O. perform a brake job for like the 15th time. Would I watch a 16th? You bet.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shooter McNut says:

    Your supposed to put a new crush washer on that rotor screw. Lol

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gotmymojoworking2010 says:

    😮 do you have a tictoc page because I seen on and people comments say it's fake

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tom walma says:

    NAPA, not a sponsor?

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenneth Morris says:

    ❤ great job as always. Question: do you remove all air when fitting pin slider boot or leave a bit of air in the boot?

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JOHN FIEN says:

    Hey Eric, just wondering what is the purpose of putting silicone grease on the caliper? Rust prevention or pad noise or both🤔.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George Bell says:


  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars throttle bottle says:

    if rotor retainer screw/s are not rusted to hell and back, needing broken off/cut/drilled(usually yes), I put them back in, because it's awfully nice when rotors don't fall off on your feet. 🥸🥳

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Iain Kinsella says:


  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Delle says:

    So, I have a question. Why is it that one of the slide pins will usually have a section of rubber near the end?

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richie Smith says:

    Lol oh the things people get pissy about. Rotor screws.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R Harris says:

    The classis "forearm support"…gotta love it!

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Vogt says:

    sounds like he says the "self made auto channel" is that just me?

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gbus92570 says:

    What no Brake cleaner?! 🫢

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stanley Hill says:

    Great video as always!!! You would think I would know better not to go cranking down on the caliper pin from watching you all these years, I get a Nissan Rogue from Staten Island, and the Pin snapped right off in my hand🙄

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Lus says:


  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan Lemke says:

    Huh…. Not a drop of brake cleaner…

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Pollack says:

    You don't need to screw on the rotor….

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Porch says:

    Where'd the coveralls go?

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars N Matthew says:

    Tuning in just to find out what big engine the encore has.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Merritt says:

    Why do some of those slide pins have rubber at the bottom of them?