How to Perform a Front Disc Brake Job

Below guide will teach you How to Perform a Front Disc Brake Job . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Combination Wrench Set
  • C-Clamp
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Jack Stand Set
  • 1/2 in. Drive Torque Wrench
  • Brake Anti Squeal Paste
  • Brake Pad Set

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $118.26 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $258.13 parts and labor

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  • Secure the vehicle on a flat surface and engage the parking brake.
  • Secure the rear wheels with wedge or wooden blocks. Before proceeding, prop up the engine hood and check the level of the brake fluid in the master cylinder reservoir. In case the reservoir is full, evacuate some of the fluid with turkey baster to prevent it from overflowing, once the caliper pistons are compressed.
  • Break loose the front wheel lug nuts. Raise the vehicle’s front with floor jack and secure it on the jack stands so that you can work safely.
  • Take the lug nuts away and discard the front wheels from the vehicle.
  • Examine carefully the brake rotors for any signs of grooves, cracks, scoring or any other wear and tear.
  • Unbolt the brake caliper and glide the caliper away of the brake rotor.
  • Using bungee cord, secure the caliper to the coil spring. Never let it hang by the brake hose.
  • Take the brake pads out of the brake caliper or mounting bracket. You may have to remove the bracket as well.
  • Take the brake rotor out from the hub. It is suggested to replace the brake rotors when dealing with front brakes.
  • Using wire brush, remove the dust or debris from the surface of the hub. Use brake cleaner to wipe off the surface of the new brake rotor. Assemble it on the hub and put back the caliper mounting bracket.
  • Use C-clamp to press the caliper piston.
  • Now, position the new brake pads into to the brake caliper or mounting bracket.
  • Reassemble the brake caliper and torque the retaining bolts properly.
  • Repeat the same steps on the other side of the vehicle.
  • Depress the brake pedal twice or thrice to make certain that the pads hold the position against the rotor.
  • Put the wheels back onto the vehicle and secure them properly with lug nuts.
  • Remove the jack stands and lower vehicle to the ground. Examine fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir again. Add more fluid if required.
  • Take help from owner’s manual to have a good idea about break in time and procedure for the new pads and rotor. Take a small drive and ensure that pads and rotor are properly seated.

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