How to change your brake pads

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 10:30

It's time to change your Brake pads, well here are 17 steps to safely change your Brake pads, to make sure you have optimal stopping ability!!


1.       Loosen the lug nuts on your tyres, and then jack up the car and place your jack stands under the frame and put blocks under the rest of your wheels, now remove your tyres…you can’t do this job with the tyres on!

2.       Find the two “slider bolts”, sometimes called pins, on the back of the Caliper and remove the lower bolt.

3.       With the bottom bolt removed the caliper pivots up, there’s usually a place to set the caliper if not tie it with a bungee cord up and out of the way. Be careful here as the Caliper is connected to the brake line (the black hose) and you don’t want to disconnect it, or let the caliper touch that line!!!

4.       You will now be able to get the old brake pads out of the Caliper. Usually the brake pads have a clip that holds them loosely in place. Simply slide the old brake pad out of the clip.

5.       Remove the old clips that held the old brake pad in position. Don’t worry your new brake pads should come with new clips… If they don’t then you will need to re-use your old clips

6.       The clips will just snap into where the old brake pad clips were, so do this now. There is usually a right handed and a left handed clip, so change them one at a time and make sure they match up exactly as you go.

7.       Now you will need a small amount of Graphite based grease. Apply this to the clips of the new brake pads to keep them from squeaking

8.       Apply a small amount of the Graphite based grease to the ears on the end of your brake pads, then slide the new pads into the clips. They should slide in just as easily as your old ones slid out.

9.       Before you can put the Callipers down you’re going to need to lever the pistons back. They were on the other side of your brake pads, first open the brake fluid reservoir under the bonnet and siphon a little of the fluid out.

10.   The easiest way to lever your pistons back is with a c-clamp, but if you don’t have one of these a piece of wood 2x4 should work. If you have two pistons make sure you lever them back at the same time!

11.   This may take some time, don’t rush it! You have to make sure the pistons are fully compressed. Just keep levering the pistons back slowly, you don’t want to tear or damage the rubber seal around the pistons.

12.   When you push the pistons back your brake fluid in your engine will slowly rise. This will be fine for the first brake pad change however you may have to siphon off some of the brake fluid before doing the next brake pad.

13.   With the pistons levered back the Caliper should slip over the new pads with little effort. Sometimes it may be a tight fit and the caliper will slide on the new brake pads. If the pistons catch on the new brake pads you might need to check to make sure you retracted the pistons completely.

14.   Re-cap your brake fluid reservoir and re-install and tighten the lower bolt, then straighten the cars wheels and remount the tyre.

15.   Pump you brake a couple of time to make sure they re-position themselves

16.   Repeat these steps for the other brakes pads, then check to make sure the brake fluid is up near the max line.

17.   Now test drive the car in a quiet area to make sure that the brakes are working properly. Fixing the brakes is one thing, making sure they work properly is another!!

     If you don't understand any of the above instructions please contact an authorised service centre, you can find your closest authorised brake service centres by visiting Remember your brakes are for everyone on the roads safety as well as yours so it is very important that you check and replace your brake pads, or have an authorised service centre for you.


For more information on your brake pads see - Brake Pads, what they do and when to change them



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