Change Your Brake Pads

You will need;

-Auto Tools & Equipment

-A lug wrench to remove road wheel

-A jack and supports to safely elevate your vehicle

-A flat headed screw driver to force the brake piston back

-A turkey baster to remove excess brake fluid from reservoir

-The correct size wrench or allen wrench/key to undo the caliper bolts

-2 feet of string to support the brake caliper

-A c-clamp to further compress the brake piston

-Pliers to remove clips and springs

-The new Brake pads (make sure you buy the right type for your vehicle)

Replacing brake pads is easy, just follow these steps:

1. Loosen, but DON’T remove, the wheel lug nuts of the wheel that is being serviced

2. Safely and securely support the car in a high enough position to work on the brakes. Now remove the lug nuts and road wheel.

NOTE: Now is a good time to check you brake system for leaks, wear and/or damage.

3. Use your flat headed screw drive to force the brake piston back into the brake caliper – NOTE: This will force brake fluid back into the fluid reservoir – loosen the reservoir cap and keep an eye on the fluid level so that it doesn’t overflow (you may need to remove some fluid using a turkey baster)!

4. Loosen the appropriate nuts and bolts on the brake caliper so that it can be removed.

5. Remove the brake caliper using pliers to remove any clips or springs holding the brake pads in place.

6. Suspend the caliper safely using string – this will stop it hanging by the brake lines and doing potential damage.

7. Using the c-clamp, compress the brake piston so that the new brake pads (which will be wider) can be fitted.

NOTE: Remember step 3 and keep an eye on the fluid levels in the brake fluid reservoir.

8. Replace the worn pads with new brake pads (after removing the c-clamp) and refit the caliper, tightening the caliper bolts to the appropriate torque settings for your vehicle.

9. Top-up the brake fluid if required and replace the reservoir cap.

10. Gently depress the brake pedal to reduce the gap in between the pad and brake rotor.

11. Replace the road wheel and lug nuts, and then lower the car down to the ground. Once the car is safely on the ground tighten the lug nuts to the appropriate torque settings for your vehicle.

12. Once this has been completed for all required wheels, get in the car and check the brakes. If they feel soft and/or spongy you may need to bleed your brakes. A tutorial on how to bleed brakes exists on in this content section.

Pat yourself on the back – You’ve mastered the art of replacing brake pads!