A lot of people would like to know how to change their brake pads and rotors on their car but having to the time to do so or the patience, they would rather pay someone else to do it for them and get charged extra labour fees. So, what I am going to tell you today will save you money and I’m pretty sure once you start going you will find it rather easy and fun at the same time, so sit back, get a cup of coffee and enjoy this presentation on how to change brake pads and rotors.
So, what you want to do first is make sure you have all the tools and equipment you need to start the job, Such as.
- Ratchet and Socket kit
- Torgue Wrench
- Brake Pad Spreader or C-Clamp
- Torx / Allen Set
- Brake Bleeder Wrench
- Jack and Jack stands
- Lug Nut Wrench
- Dust Mask and Safety Glasses
Once you have all the tools and equipment ready you can start of by jacking the front of the car up and taken the first wheel of, now remember anytime you are using a jack make sure you use your jack stands. When you have made sure the car isn’t going to move, take the first wheel.
When you come to taking of the front caliber there is two bolts one on the top and one on the bottom, you only need to take one of and we would suggest going with the bottom, once you have done this you8 can then go ahead and take the brake pads out then close it back down.
With the brake pads out we can move on to the rotor but before you do this you need to remove the hole caliber and the caliber bracket, so you need to take the bracket bolt of with is attached to the knuckle there is two so when you have removed them you can remove the caliber bracket when you are removing the caliber make sure you have soothing to keep it in place so you don’t damage the break line.
Now you can take of the rotor, most of the time they will just pull off, but they might be a bit tight so just get a hammer and give it some help, do this by working top and the bottom until it comes of, when you position the new rotor on get a lug nut on just to hold it in place.
Once it is in place you can then go ahead and but the caliber bracket back on, start off with the top bolt to hold it in place make sure you tighten it up, so it doesn’t move the go ahead and fit the bottom one back in, then take your Torgue Wrench then tighten them up.
When you come to fitting the new brake pads make use you remove the old clips first, when you have done this make sure you install the new ones in the correct place, also check your piston and see if you need to push it back in if you do need to you can use break compressor tool, when you have done this you can then go and fit the new brake pads on.
When it comes to closing the caliber if it won’t go back into place this is due to the piston not being compressed enough once it is all back into place your ready to put your wheel back on and always remember to do it in pairs, so starting with the front two wheels or the back two.
Well I hope you enjoyed our step by step guide on how to change brake pads and rotors.