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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!
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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.

Step 2: Raise car and remove road wheel

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Using a floor jack or your car's emergency jack, raise the road wheel off the road.

Remove the road wheel to expose the disc and the brake caliper.

If you're doing front brakes, you may wish to turn your steering wheel to afford better access to the caliper.

  • put car in gear
  • apply parking brake
  • chock wheels
  • stash road wheel UNDER the chassis while you're working on the brake. That way, if you have your head stuck in the fender well and your car falls off the jack (against all odds), the chassis will fall on the wheel, and hopefully your head won't be squished like an overripe cantaloupe.

Step 3: Remove retaining clips

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At the back of the caliper, you'll find two complex-shaped little twisty spring clips. These springs hold the retaining pins in, which in turn hold the brake pads in.

Using needle nosed pliers and a flat blade screwdriver, remove these spring clips.

The ones on my car are broken, so the tangle doesn't make much sense in this photo. I'll add new photos when I get the new clips.
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rajeevcool7554 months ago

Great case study on brakes.

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

Extraordinary Work.


good one.

nice one.

BlackmagicSpt5 months ago

really nice

LoveMarriage5 months ago

superb work.

KirpalSingh6 months ago

Super cool

Nice Work Great Job sir.

VoodooSpells6 months ago

great spot

SunilKmar6 months ago

nice work.

varunkmar6 months ago

very nice

Yuvrajsingh6 months ago

Great one.

Rahulkmar6 months ago


haiders6 months ago


irfanhaider6 months ago
elizazet6 months ago

nice share

great work i like this.

Superb work.

It is very useful for Cars.

Good work.

Vashikaran6 months ago

very nice.

very nice work.

Awesome work.


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;

johnsonpaul9 months ago

impressive stuff

GrahamAbbey10 months ago

had best excursion here

Rejanblink11 months ago

Pretty useful.. can you do one for the bikes as well

Cringojames11 months ago

those pins are very important aren they

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