Replacing brake pads is an important part of basic car maintenance, and can be done relatively easily by the average car owner. Brake pads wear out over time, and need to be replaced to ensure that your car brakes properly. Knowing how to replace brake pads is a valuable skill, and can save you money by avoiding costly labor charges from a mechanic.
Before you begin, you should make sure that you have all the necessary tools and parts. You will need a car jack, a lug wrench, a c-clamp, a pair of pliers, a flathead screwdriver, and a set of new brake pads.
Step 1: Lift the Car
The first step is to lift the car up off the ground. You can do this using a car jack and a pair of jack stands. Make sure you place the jack stands on a level surface, and then lift the car until the jack stands can support the weight of the car.
Step 2: Remove the Wheels
Once the car is safely lifted off the ground, you can remove the wheels. Start by loosening the lug nuts with a lug wrench, and then remove the wheels. Set the wheels aside in a safe place.
Step 3: Remove the Caliper
The next step is to remove the caliper from the brake assembly. To do this, use a flathead screwdriver to remove the two bolts that hold the caliper in place. Once the bolts are removed, the caliper should come off easily.
Step 4: Remove the Old Pads
Once the caliper is off, you can remove the old brake pads. Start by removing the two pins that hold the pads in place. Then, use a pair of pliers to remove the clips that hold the pads in place. Once the clips are removed, the pads should come off easily.
Step 5: Install the New Pads
Once the old pads are removed, you can install the new ones. Start by placing the pads into the caliper, and then use a c-clamp to press the pads into place. Make sure the pads are securely in place, and then replace the pins and clips.
Step 6: Reinstall the Caliper
Once the new pads are in place, you can reinstall the caliper. Start by placing the caliper back into position, and then use the flathead screwdriver to secure the bolts. Make sure the bolts are tightened securely, and then move on to the next step.
Step 7: Reinstall the Wheels
The last step is to reinstall the wheels. Start by placing the wheels back onto the car, and then use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts. Make sure the lug nuts are tightened securely, and then lower the car back down to the ground.
Congratulations! You have just successfully replaced your brake pads. Make sure to take your car for a test drive to make sure the brakes are working properly. If you have any doubts or concerns, it is always best to consult a professional mechanic.