Car brake pads wear over time, and need to be replaced regularly. Hearing screeches when pressing the brakes is a sign of worn brake pads. Since this screeching isn’t always audible, newer car models would have sensors that detect the brake pad’s condition installed. Luckily, if you have the right tools, replacing brake pads is something that you can do yourself.
1. The first thing you have to do is to purchase the right brake pads for your car. Contact your car manufacturer or call our knowledgeable and friendly team at Meyers Auto parts. We can help you identify what kind of brake pads you need for your vehicle.
2. After getting the new pads, engage the handbrake to secure the car’s wheels. If you’re working on a car that does not have handbrakes, block the rear wheels with a brick, or a tire clamp if available, to secure them.
3. Next thing you would do is to loosen the lug nuts on the tires. Usually, you would need a ½ inch breaker bar for these lug nuts. Keep in mind that you’re only supposed to loosen them, not remove them completely.
4. After loosening the lug nuts, use a hydraulic jack to lift the car just enough to remove the tire. After taking off the tire, the caliper should be exposed.
5. Usually, there are 2-4 bolts on the caliper. Before loosening, check if the caliper isn’t under too much pressure. You should be able to move the caliper sideways a little bit. If not, the caliper is under too much pressure and may fly off after you loosen the bolts holding them in place. When loosening, take caution and stay on the side of the caliper. A little WD40 might help here.
6. After loosening, the caliper should still be connected to the brake line. Use either a small piece of wire to hang it onto the under chassis, so it wouldn’t put pressure on the brake hose.
7. Now you can pop the old pads out. Be careful not to damage the caliper when taking them out.
8. After removing the old pads, apply lubricant to the metal contact edges to reduce squeaking. Avoid getting lubricant on the inside of the new brake pads.
9. Now it’s time to put the new brake pads in. Putting them in should be fairly simple; just put them back exactly how the old pads were put in.
10. All that’s left for you to do is put everything back in their respective places. Slowly slide the caliper above the rotor and tighten the bolts to attach it. Then, put the wheel back on. Put it into place and tighten the lug nuts. Now, just repeat all steps on all four wheels, and you’re all set.
Meyers Auto Parts stocks inventory for ALL makes of vehicles. We have expanded to four locations throughout the valley, plus a fully-stocked warehouse with products like brake pads, to meet your auto-repair needs. If you can not find what you need for your vehicle repairs, contact us at (702) 431-8000. We have world-wide sources available and we will gladly find your parts and special order them if needed.
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