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How to replace the pads on your car's disc brakes.

*** NOW UPDATED *** with new retaining clips. See photos step 14.

This project won the Technical Video Rental 'Cool Project' award!

Step 1: gather materials

Materials:

  • new brake pads
  • brake disc lube (high temperature synthetic grease)
  • probably, new retainer pin spring clips

Tools:

  • floor jack or other jack
  • lug nut wrench
  • assorted screwdrivers and pliers

My two cents:

Brake pads come in several flavors, named (in order of increasing high-techiness):
1 organic -- old style asbestos
2 semi-metallic -- fitted to most new cars
3 metallic -- usually used on race cars
4 ceramic -- the New New Thing in brake pads

Since you're saving beaucoup $$$ by replacing your own pads, it certainly does not hurt to spend a few extra bucks for the next better pads than the factory pads.

For instance, in my case, my car (1997 Ford Escort LX wagon -- not-too-sexy!) was factory equipped with semi-metallic in front, and organic in rear. I bumped up to ceramic in front, for $18 more, and if I were to do the rear, I would probably fit semi-metallic.
<p>Yes,the above steps are excellent and very useful. I have followed the above steps but when using for 11 days a sound coming out from the wheel when i use my brakes and also i have shown to a <a href="http://euroautomotive.net/why-euro-automotive-repair.html" rel="nofollow">car detail shop</a> and they fixed the problem but same thing again occurs after 17 days.what i will do???</p>
<p>Also, why don't you try removing the cap off the master cylinder brake reservoir to remove the pressure in the piston instead of using brute force working against yourself.<br><br>Also, it is necessary to check your brake fluid level after performing jobs like these.</p>
<p>Very good idea</p>
<p>Great case study on brakes. </p>
<p>i need mine changed, i may get under the car this weekend</p>
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