How to Change Brake Pads

How to change your brake pads is one of the do-it-yourself jobs that you can easily accomplish. The first thing you need to is to familiarize yourself with the braking system of your car. The brakes are one of the important parts of the vehicle, so take extra time to study the area keenly. You might decide to change one part at a time so that you can use the other as a reference in case you are stuck.  This article focuses on how to change brake pads of the front part of the vehicle since they are the ones that provide most of the stopping power.

To begin with, you will need to go to the local car hardware store to purchase a set of brake pads. Make sure that they come with an anti squeal device or you can get some fluid to add to the back of the brake pads.  Choose your brake pads well, the cheap ones will wear off quickly and leave unsightly black soot on your front wheels. The more expensive ones will last longer and leave less dust, but if they are harder, they are more prone to squealing.

Brake Pads How to Change Brake Pads

  • Follow the following procedure when changing your brake pads:
  • Set the car hand brake to parking and block the rear tires with a stone or something that will keep it from sleeping.
  • Loosen the nuts on the wheels.
  • Raise the vehicle using a jack and securely place it on jack stands
  • Remove the nuts on the wheels and take out the wheel
  • You can now see the brake calipers holding the brake pads in position against the rotor. You will see two brake pads that squeeze on the rotor.
  • Using a C-clamp compress the calipers to the housing in order to remove the caliper assembly and create a greater width for the new brake pads.
  • Unscrew the caliper mounting bolts and pull the caliper back from the rotor carefully ensuring that you do not break the hose.
  • Remove the brake pads and examine them. Are the brake pads wearing off evenly or is it one pad? Are they wearing off from an angle? These are questions that can help you notice problems that need to be addressed concerning your braking system.
  • Next examine the rotors, check whether they have deep grooves or if the cars shudders when you hit the brakes. In this case, they will need to be professionally checked or replaced.
  • Depress the calipers out completely to give you room to place the new brake pads. Normally it is better you place the inner pad first before the outer one.
  • After you have placed the brake pads correctly in place, return the calipers and bolt them firmly into position.
  • Once everything is correctly done, replace the wheel and screw the bolts with your hands. Lower the jack and then tighten the wheel in a star pattern so that they are evenly tightened.

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