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How to change brakes on a car

How to Change Brakes on a Car

  • Before you begin, always make sure you're vehicle is safely suspended on jack stands.
  • Remove the tire from the vehicle.
  • Remove the bolts for the spindles.
  • Remove the two bolts that mount the caliper to the hub assembly.
  • Although we have not shown it here, after removing the old brake pads, you will need to push the piston back into the caliper using a c-clamp or pliers.
  • It is very important to clean up where the brake pads sit.
  • Make sure there is no rust or anything that binds them from moving back and forth during the application of the brakes.
  • In this video, we used a 90-degree disk sander. At home, you can use a file.
  • Be sure not to remove any unnecessary metal.
  • Apply an anti-corrosion compound.
  • Next is the sliders. Always take them out and re-lube them to make sure they move nice and smoothly within the caliper housing. Failure to do so will cause uneven braking and premature, uneven pad wear.
  • Put the rotor back onto the hub assembly. You may find it easier to put a nut on to hold it in place while you're doing your other work.
  • Remount the caliper bracket.
  • Put the new brake pads into place.
  • Fit the caliper back onto the rotor. Make sure your brake pads are properly placed.
  • Tighten these bolts by hand first. Afterward, make sure to tighten them down to proper specifications.
  • When tightening the wheel, go in a star pattern. This will ensure that equal pressure is placed on the rotor.
  • Always test drive your vehicle. Remember to give yourself added braking distance. New brake pads tend to glide for the first fifty to a hundred kilometers before they are broken in.
  • WARNING: Do not attempt any automotive repairs without having proper experience or without consulting a licensed technician.