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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.
 
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SterlingA5 days ago

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.

Also, it is necessary to check your brake fluid level after performing jobs like these.

SterlingA5 days ago

DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS CHILD'S SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: THE TIRE IS ABSOLUTELY NOT EFFICIENT TO USE AS A PRECAUTION FOR JACK FAILURE. IF THE JACK WERE TO FAIL THE TIRE WOULD JUST ROLL OUT AND THE CAR WILL CRUSH YOU. DON'T BE A CHEAP-O AND BUY PROPER EQUIPMENT. A PAIR OF JACK STANDS COSTS LITERALLY LIKE 15 BUCKS AND WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. JACK UP THE VEHICLE THEN LOWER ONTO STANDS AT MANUFACTURER SPECIFIED LIFT POINTS (NOT JUST ANYWHERE ON THE CHASSIS LIKE MORON STATES) AND REMOVE THE JACK.

Also, this instructable will be sufficient for about 1% of the population. Almost all vehicles require removal of the caliper pins with a ratchet to get to the brake pads. I have been working on vehicles for a long time and have NEVER seen brake pads like this setup.

Source: Advanced Automotive Technology With High Performance Automotive Associates Degree & Automotive Service Management Bachelor's Degree from New England Institute of Technology

SomnathS20 days ago

extra ordinary work brother :)

Very good idea

rajeevcool7555 months ago

Great case study on brakes.

i need mine changed, i may get under the car this weekend

Extraordinary Work.

Superb

good one.

nice one.

BlackmagicSpt7 months ago

really nice

LoveMarriage7 months ago

superb work.

KirpalSingh7 months ago

Super cool

Nice Work Great Job sir.

VoodooSpells7 months ago

great spot

SunilKmar7 months ago

nice work.

varunkmar7 months ago

very nice

Yuvrajsingh7 months ago

Great one.

Rahulkmar7 months ago

nice.

haiders7 months ago

Superb.

irfanhaider7 months ago
nice.
elizazet7 months ago

nice share

great work i like this.

Superb work.

It is very useful for Cars.

Good work.

Vashikaran8 months ago

very nice.

very nice work.

Awesome work.

Awesome..

nice one.

great work..

great spot

Nice Work Great Job sir.

This is awesome

Nice work..

Great one:;;

i love with your job

nice project !!!!!!!

nice one;

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