Changing of brake pads is a simple task that anyone can do at home. If you learn to replace your brakes, then you will be able to save a lot regarding maintenance costs. Automotive Super Center we are always here to serve you but as a vehicle owner, you may want to learn how to replace brake pads at home. Some of the tools you need include:
- A new set of brake pads
- Floor jack to lift the vehicle
- Safety stands to support the car
- User’s manual
- Assorted sockets
- WD 40
- Wire brush
How To Replace Brake Pads.
- Park your vehicle on a flat area and ensure your car is in neutral. Chock the wheels that you are not working on to minimize movement. You will then need to loosen your vehicles wheel nuts first. You can choose to loosen the front or the rear wheels. Once you loosen the wheel nuts, you will be able to jack your vehicle up. Ensure that the jack is placed on the right point on your vehicle’s chassis. You can refer to your user’s manual for clarity.
- Place the safety stands under the vehicle. You can then remove the wheels after the car is well mounted on the safety stands. The brake caliper would then be visible after you pull out the wheel. You can use the wire brush to remove any dirt on the caliper before applying the WD-40. This will assist in making the removal of the bolts to be fast and efficient.
- Inspect the caliper to see the amount of pressure exerted by the hydraulic fluid on the pads. You may unbolt the nuts holding it down. Pull the caliper out and hang it on the wheel well.
- Check how the brake pad is installed on the vehicle. The pads have clips which hold them on to the brake assembly. You can now remove the worn out brake pads with ease. Inspect the brake pads for wear and warpage. If the rotor is worn out, you can resurface it or replace it.
- You can now install the new brake pads. Ensure they fit in the same position as the old ones. Apply anti-seizure lubricant on the metal contacts to prevent squeaking. The oil should not touch on the brake pads, and it would reduce the braking effect.
- Inspect the brake fluid level and ensure its at the right level. You can now replace your caliper on to the wheel assembly. Tighten the bolts holding the caliper using the appropriate socket and ratchet. Place the wheel back on and tighten the wheel nuts using your hands.
- Lower the vehicle then tighten the nuts in a zigzag pattern. You can now start your car to test the new brakes. Pump the brakes severally to ensure they seat well in their position. You may then top up your fluid level and perform a road test.