Gathering Tools And MaterialsAside from buying new brake
pads(25.99 for a front set at autozone) your going to want to have
the following on hand for car brakes.Socket and wrench set, tire
iron, flathead screwdriver, 12v or stronger impact driver, and a
1x2 board about 24 inches long(we will get into that later.
Don't Forget The Jack!!!The impact automotive driver also makes
fast work of raising and lowering the jack. :)
Venting The SystemPop the hood, locate the brake fluid cap,
remove it, and set it aside. TECH NOTE: This method should not be
done on cars manufactured before 1980. I will post an instructable
on how to change brake pads on older cars later as this will
require bleeding the brakes.
Removing The TirePlace the jack where the automotive
manufacturer recommends & use the impact driver to raise the
car until the tire is off the ground. Use the tire iron to break
loose the lug nuts, & then use the impact driver to speed up
the process. Inspect the lug nuts for cracks & stripped
threads, then clean them & set them aside.Carefully remove the
Spreading The CaliperThis is where venting the system is
important, and comes into play. Taking the flathead screwdriver,
place it between the old brake pad and the rotor. GENTLY but
firmly, pull back and pry the caliper open, spreading the pads
apart as far as they'll go. This makes removing the caliper
Removing The CaliperLocate the two bolts holding the caliper in
place. Your going to need to use some elbow grease to break these
loose, the manufacturer uses thread sealant to make sure these stay
put. Once they're loose, the impact driver will make removing them
faster. Clean the threads and set them aside.
Changing The PadsOnce the caliper is loose, don't let it fall!
The weight could break the lines. Rotate it and set on top of the
rotor. The brake pads themselves just pop out and the new ones pop
in.Looking at the old pads, there were stress cracks appearing, and
I could tell it was well past the point of needing to replace
Replacing The CaliperOnce the pads are in place, your going to
have to open the distance between the pads a bit more. Remember the
1x2 price of wood? Use it to pry them apart as far as they will go.
Do not use the screwdriver or you will damage the pads. When there
is enough room between the pads, the caliper will slide right on.
When the calipers in place, put thread locker on the bolts, and
tighten them to manufacturers specifications.
Remember That Cap?Not replacing this little cap will make your
whole afternoon of work go right down the tubes.
Just About DoneReplace the tire, close the hood and start the
car. After the ABS system self tests, press the brake pedal slowly
a few times. You'll know you're done when it firms up. Once that's
done, take a slow drive around the block to test it and get used to
the brake response.You are now finished!
What To Do If Brakes Are Not Working
Make A Call To K & A Auto ServicesCall your local brake
specialist for all your car brake replacement needs. Contact K
& A Auto Services in Edwardstown (Australia) for fast, friendly
& professional Car Brake Replacement service & Full
Mechanical Repairs and Servicing.