Nothing is more important than your vehicle’s ability to efficiently slow down and halt itself. When your brake pads aren’t functioning properly, you’re putting yourself and your passengers in danger. However, knowing if your brake pads need to be replaced and changing them is easy if you follow these few steps.
KNOW IF YOUR BRAKE PADS NEED TO BE CHANGED
To start, you must check your brake pads to see how much they are worn. Inspect the brake pads from outside of the front tire. On many vehicles, if you look through the openings on the outer part of the wheel assembly, you can see the pads easily.
Next, inspect for the depth of the pad. If it’s less than 1/4 inch, you should replace the pads soon. If the brake pad’s depth is less than 1/8 inch, you must get them changed right away, so that you don’t damage the rotor.
Additionally, if you notice a whining, screeching, or squeaking sound during driving or, you should get your brake pads replaced.
PREPARING YOUR VEHICLE
Once you’ve known that you need to change your brake pads, block the rear wheels. This will keep your vehicle from rolling when you raise the vehicle with a jack. Then, put the car in “park” and set the parking brake.
LIFTING THE VEHICLE UP
Using a tire iron, loosen the lug nuts on the wheels. Loosen them just enough so that they are free and able to turn with the tire iron. Then, slip the jack under the vehicle, using a jack stand for safety. Raise the front axle off the ground. Put your jack stands under each axel, and lower the vehicle onto the stands.
REMOVING THE PARTS
Focus on changing one side of brake pads at a time. Take out the lug nuts and the wheel, and then remove the bolts that hold the caliper in position. Slide the caliper away from the rotor. You will see the brake pads. Move the piston back to its “full open” position. Doing this will take the braking system back to the original position to fits the new brake pads.
If your pads are broken, you must work on them. Whether you have a professional repair them or do it yourself will likely determine on how much money you are willing to spend.
INSTALLING THE PADS
Next, take the old brake pads from the caliper. They should easily slide out, but if they don’t, you can use a pry bar. Then, put the new brake pads on.
Lubricate the New Pads
Lubricate the new brake pads on the back of the pads, the side that does not come in contact with the rotor, with a high-temperature brake grease. This will keep unnecessary screeching and noises when you apply your brakes.