10 Easy Steps: How to Change Your Car’s Brake Pads

 Need to know how to change your car's brake pads? We've got you covered. Our step-by-step guide will walk you through the entire process, from identifying when your brake pads need to be changed to actually changing them. We'll even give you some tips on how to prolong the life of your brake pads. So whether you're a first-time do-it-yourselfer or a seasoned pro, this guide is for you. Let's get started!

Change Car Brake Pads

car brake pads

Changing car brake pads is a fairly simple process that can be done by most car owners with basic mechanical skills and the right tools. 

General guide on how to change car brake pads in 10 steps:

1. Prepare your work area 

 Make sure you have a clean, well-lit area to work in and that your car is on a level surface with the emergency brake engaged.

2. Locate the brake caliper 

 The brake caliper is the component that houses the brake pads. It is typically located near the wheel and rotor.

3. Remove the wheel 

 Using a lug wrench, remove the wheel from the car. This will give you access to the brake caliper.

4. Remove the caliper 

 Once the wheel is removed, you will be able to see the brake caliper. You will need to remove the caliper from the rotor in order to access the brake pads. To do this, you will need to remove the two bolts that hold the caliper in place. You may need to use a socket wrench or pliers to remove the bolts.

5. Remove the old brake pads 

 Once the caliper is removed, you will be able to see the brake pads. Use a pair of pliers to remove the old brake pads from the caliper.

6. Clean the caliper 

 Use brake cleaner and a clean rag to clean the caliper and the area where the brake pads sit. This will help ensure a proper fit for the new brake pads.

7. Install the new brake pads 

 Once the caliper is clean, you can install the new brake pads. Make sure the brake pads are properly aligned in the caliper and that they are securely in place.

8. Reinstall the caliper 

 Once the new brake pads are in place, reinstall the caliper onto the rotor. Make sure the caliper is properly aligned and securely in place.

9. Reinstall the wheel 

 Once the caliper is reinstalled, you can reinstall the wheel. Make sure the wheel is properly aligned and securely in place.

10. Test the brakes 

 Once the wheel is reinstalled, test the brakes to make sure they are working properly.

Note that when changing brake pads, it is also recommended to check the brake rotors and consider replacing them if they are worn down. Also, if you are unsure about any step of this process, it is best to seek professional help to ensure your safety and the safety of your vehicle.


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