How to replace brake pads

How to replace brake pads:


Have you ever been curious what it takes to replace your brake pads? Look no further, we are here to help!


Replacing brake pads is one of the easiest jobs on the car, but repair shops don’t want you to know this, because brake jobs are easy money! As a technician, anytime I hear a car with brakes squealing/grinding it usually sounds like a money machine cashing out haha.


You will need to determine what tools you need to complete the job, but I will add a small list below of tools that are used on most brake jobs.


Tools needed:




-Brake piston compressor



Supplies needed:

-Brake pads

-Slide pin lubrication

-Brake fluid


Start by lifting the vehicle up and securely supporting it on jack stands. Once you have the vehicle lifted then it is safe to remove the wheel/tire assembly.



Once the wheel is taken off you will have access to the brake caliper assembly.


Brake caliper/bracket and rotor assembly


Once you have access to the brake caliper assembly you will need to remove the caliper retaining bolts, they will be the two bolts that hold the caliper to the caliper slide pins, remove these and you will be able to remove the caliper assembly.


Caliper slide pin bolts


After you separate the brake caliper assembly you will be able to compress the piston back into the caliper using the piston compressor tool. There are two types of pistons, pistons that push directly in, or pistons that need to be spun back into place, be sure to have the proper tool for the type of pistons you are working with to prevent damage.


New brake pad hardware in caliper bracket


Slide pins with fresh lubrication


After getting the calipers compressed you are ready for reassembly. Install new brake hardware if it was supplied with the pads. Inspect and lubricate the caliper slide pins as needed, these are a vital part of proper braking operation and you want to make sure they keep smooth functionality and dont dry up.

Install the new brake pads and check for proper piston clearance, if everything looks good then you are ready to push the caliper over the pads and tighten the slide pin bolts.



After you have everything reinstalled go and apply the pedal to add pressure back to the system and inspect the work you did to make sure everything is tight and free of leaks. If all is good take it out for a test drive to verify proper brake operation. Make sure you have a firm pedal after the first start up to prevent a low pedal when you shift to gear. If everything drives and sounds smooth then you are all done!


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As always, have fun and stay safe!

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