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


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


  • 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>Super cool</p>
<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>extra ordinary work brother :)</p>
<p>Very good idea</p>
<p>Superb!! very creative</p>
<p>I think the one car repair everyone should learn how to do is putting in new brake pads. That way you have the option to fix them if you want. You can still go into the auto shop for help, but at least you know how to fix the brakes if that isn't an option. <a href="http://www.autotorque.net.au/services " rel="nofollow">http://www.autotorque.net.au/services </a></p>
<p>Nice one work.</p>
<p>I was not aware of it. Thanks for the information!</p>
<p>Happy reading and tips for safety is good.</p>
<p>Great case study on brakes. </p>
<p>Nice one work.</p>
<p>i need mine changed, i may get under the car this weekend</p>
<p>Fabulous work.</p>
<p>Extraordinary Work.</p>
<p>good one.</p>
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<p>good work.</p>
<p>really nice</p>
<p>superb work.</p>
<p>Super cool</p>
<p>Nice Work Great Job sir.</p>
<p>great spot</p>
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<p>very nice</p>
<p>Great one. <br></p>
<p>nice share</p>
<p>great work i like this.</p>
<p>Superb work.</p>
<p>It is very useful for Cars.</p>
<p>Good work.</p>
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<p>Awesome work.</p>
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<p>great work..</p>
<p>great spot</p>
<p>Nice Work Great Job sir.</p>
<p>This is awesome</p>
<p>Nice work..</p>
<p>good job..</p>
<p>Great one:;;</p>
<p>i love with your job</p>
<p>nice project !!!!!!!</p>
<p>nice one;</p>

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