How to change disc brakes

disc brakes

How to change disc brakes

Tools required: jack, jack stand, a lug wrench, flat head screwdriver, brake pad lube,

a 3/8 ratchet, a socket set, a large pliers or a caliper compressor tool, and brake pads.


Note: Some vehicles require a star bit commonly known as a torx or an allen style bit

to remove the brake caliper.

1. Start by breaking the lug nuts loose. Do not remove the lug nuts from the car.

2. Place jack at the recommended place on the vehicle, refer to owners manual if your

not sure where to place the jack.

3. Jack the vehicle up so that the wheel is off the ground and place the jack stand

securely underneath the vehicle. Under the frame or the pinchweld area located at the

bottom of the rocker panel.

4.Remove the lug nuts and the wheel.

5. Using the correct socket with the ratchet loosen and remove the two bolts securing

the caliper to the vehicle. Located at the top and bottom of the caliper.

6. The caliper is tight against the brake pads so using the standard screwdriver, pry it

loose at the top center and bottom center.

7. Remove the caliper. At this point it is a good idea to inspect the rotor for deep

scratches, cracks, thinning, etc.

8. Remove the outer brake pad and using either large pliers or a caliper compressor

tool to compress the caliper so that the piston is completely depressed. Be careful not

to damage the rubber O ring gasket on the piston. Remove the inner brake pad.


Note: When compressing the caliper, there will be fluid loss which is normal.


9. Place new pads in the brake caliper, reverse of the removal operation. Lubricate all

the contact points on the brake pads and slides.

10. Replace caliper on the rotor, align and start both caliper bolts making sure they are

not cross threading. Tighten both bolts and double check.

11. Put the tire on followed by the lug nuts and tighten.

12. Remove the jack stand and slowly let the jack down.

13. Tighten the lug nuts skipping every other one.  You should circle the lug nuts twice

to be certain that they are all tight.

14. Repeat the proceedures for the other side {sides}.

15. When finished, pump brakes and check brake fluid. Add if low.

Note: Lug nuts should be checked at the next oil change or 3000 miles to make sure

they havent loosened up.
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