Replace Your Brake Pads in 6 Steps

March 15, 2019 12:16 pm Published by

Estimated time: 30-60 minutes

Cost: Less than $40-60

Required Tools: C-clamp, adjustable wrench, lug wrench, hammer.

Your car’s brakes are one of the most important components to keep running smoothly. Your brake pads will slowly break down over time and need to be changed once every 20,000 miles or so depending on how hard you ride your brakes. If you don’t drive your car frequently, your brakes will last longer than normal, but if it has been over two years since you last brake pad change, check your pads to make sure they are still functioning well. If you want to save a few bucks on your annual car care plan, learning how to change your own brake pads is a must. If you are looking for the best deal on your new brake pads or want some expert advice on changing your brake pads, come into your local U Pull & Pay and talk with one of our expert staff members.

  1. The first step is to jack up your car and rest it securely on jack stands. All of the weight needs to be off your tires, as they will need to come off in this process.
  2. Break the lugs on your tires and remove the wheel that has been lifted off the ground.
  3. Once you have taken the tire off, remove the brake caliper so that the brake pads slide out through the top. Your caliper should remain at the 12 o’clock position, directly above the lug bolts. You will find bots on both sides of your caliper. Remove the bolts on both sides of your caliper and set them aside in a safe place. Once these bolts are removed, hold the caliper firmly from the top and pull directly upwards. Loosen it up with a few taps of the hammer if necessary but be careful of the brake line, which should look like a small black hose. Once you’ve removed the caliper, place it next to the bolts you’ve removed and the brake pads will slide out easily.
  4. Swap out your old pads with new brake pads by affixing them with the retaining clips. Older cars may require a bit of poking and prodding, but remember to be gentle if you use your hammer.
  5. Once your new pads are installed compress the brake piston. Use your C-clam and use the screw side against the piston with the other end on the back of the caliper assembly. Tighten the clamp until the piston has moved enough for you to place the caliper over the new pads.
  6. All that’s left to do now is to reinstall your brake caliper and wheel by simply reversing the above directions, and with that, you are done!

Changing out your brake pads doesn’t have to be daunting. This DIY repair is a bit more challenging than a simple oil change, so if you have struggled with some basic repairs, you may want to build up your confidence a bit more before tackling this. However, if you are a DIY repair master, this should be a simple walk in the park for you! Never be afraid to ask questions. Come into your local U Pull & Pay to get tips and tricks on repairs and the best deals around on the parts that you are looking for.


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This post was written by Jonathan Kling