Brake pads are the most common brake repair you need to perform on your car. They wear out over time and have to be replaced multiple times throughout your car’s lifetime. You can always pay a professional mechanic to install new brake pads, but if you want to save some money, you might want to try installing brake pads yourself.
As long as you have the right tools, it is an easy enough repair to do in your own garage.
Tips for Installing Brake Pads
You want to be certain you have the right brake pads for your car model. You can get brake pads from any auto parts store. If you aren’t sure of which pads to buy, tell an employee your car model, and they should be able to help you find the correct brake pads for your car. Some brake pads are made for performance rotors, so read the package to make sure you are buying the right ones. Using brake pads for performance rotors when you have standard rotors isn’t advisable.
Make sure your car is cool before you try to install your brake pads. The metal parts of your car get very hot when you drive, so you want to give them time to cool off before you have to touch them.
Find a safe spot to jack up your car. You don’t want your car to fall off the jack or for the jack to slip. Using blocks behind your other tires will help keep your car from moving too much while you are working on it.
When you take your wheel off of your car, remove the top lug nut last. This way, the wheel stays in place while you remove the rest of the lug nuts.
Use a tie wire to hang up the caliper so that it’s out of the way while you change the brake pads.
Pay attention to how the brake pads are attached so that you can reattach them the same way. Also, you might have to pull hard on the pads to remove them, but don’t damage the caliper or brake line.
Do a test drive after you finish changing your brake pads. Drive around 5 mph on a residential street, and if the brakes appear to be working slowly, increase your speed.