How to Replace Brake Pads

Below guide will teach you How to Replace Brake Pads . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Dial Indicator
  • Combination Wrench Set
  • C-Clamp
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Jack Stand Set
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet
  • Brake Anti Squeal Paste
  • Brake Pad Set

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $118.26 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $242.32 parts and labor

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  • Secure your vehicle on a flat surface and apply parking brake.
  • Raise the front of the vehicle with floor jack. Don’t forget to put logs behind the rear wheels.
  • It is better to support the vehicle on jack stands on both the corners to ensure your safety during the repair work.
  • Take a large ratchet or socket wrench, remove the lug nuts from the front wheels and take the wheels away from the vehicle.
  • Look for the brake caliper and loosen the bolts or pins holding the caliper in place.
  • Turn the caliper round and take it out of the brake rotor. Do it carefully as you have to keep the brake lines free from any damage.
  • Discard the brake pads and also anti-squeal shims if required.
  • Push the caliper piston back into the housing.
  • Take new brake pads and replace them into the caliper with old ones. Use anti-squeak lubricant on shims if needed.
  • Put the caliper back onto the brake rotor and secure it with the bolts. Push the brake pedal in order to move the piston to the outward direction.
  • You have to repeat the steps from 5 to 10 for the other side as well.
  • Put the wheels back to the vehicle and secure them properly with the help of lug nuts. Replace any hub caps if present.
  • Take the jack stands away and ground the vehicle by removing floor jack.
  • Examine the level of the brake fluid in the brake master cylinder reservoir and if required add more fluid.
  • Take a small drive and make certain that the new brake pads are properly installed.

Tips & Warning

  • Don’t forget to use Person Protective Equipment (PPE) before starting any kind of repair work. Protective clothing like safety goggles, latex gloves, or closed toe shoes help prevent injuries.

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