The 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme came equipped with a four-wheel disc brake system; anti-lock brakes were optional. Replacing the brakes on the Cutlass is similar to replacing them on other General Motors vehicles equipped with the same brake system. It requires a special tool to compress the caliper piston into the caliper housing when replacing the rear brakes. Special care must be taken to prevent sludge buildup from entering, and clogging, the anti-lock brake system’s modulator valve assembly when compressing the caliper pistons.
Tools Used: Tools, Lug wrench, Floor jack, Jack stands, Wheel chocks, Socket set, Allen socket set, Torx socket set, Heavy gauge wire or coat hanger, Wrench set, Caliper piston tool, C-clamp
Replace the Brakes – Front Brakes
Set the parking brake. Place wheel chocks in front of and behind the rear wheels to prevent movement of the car while you are working. Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels slightly using a lug wrench. Lift the front of the car with a floor jack until the front wheels are off the ground. Place jack stands under the front of the car. Remove the lug nuts and place them along with the wheels out of the work area.
Remove the two 3/8-inch Allen-head slide bolts that attach the caliper to the caliper bracket using a 3/8-inch Allen socket and ratchet. Lift the caliper off the rotor and hang it on the front strut using a piece of heavy gauge wire or coat hanger.