Introduction: Changing Car Brakes! a Beginner Guide!
This is the easiest way of changing brakes!
Just recently i went to get a safety inspection for my car and found out that my brake pads had barely passed with minimum numbers. It was advised that i change them out for new ones the only problem was, they wanted to charge me over 250$ (Picture 2) !! I explored my other options and found out i could get front and back brakes at NAPA for just under 50$.
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Warning: working with cars can be dangerous i cannot be held accountable for your mistakes.
Edit: all pictures have annotations in them for your own benefit, click on them to see the annotations.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Everything you'll need is shown above,
You will Need:
impact wrench, (rachet is optional) or star wrech
Thor hammer A.K.A. a large hammer
Socket set or just enough sockets to fit your nuts.
Something to hold nuts in
and last but not least the New Brake Pads!
Step 2: Let's Begin
The first step to Replacing brakes is to take the tire off so that you can get to them.
if your tire has a cap that will have to come off, this can be done by wedging a flathead screwdriver it the whole on one side.
next determine what your socket size will be, mine was something like 13/16ths
after torquing the nuts off, if you haven't done so, jack the car up on the axle. Then when you have enough room place the jackstand on or next to the axle so that if the jack slips it will stay up. (while a jackstand isn't 100% necessary i recommend it, as my jack slipped and the car could have seriously injured me!)
Step 3: Nuts and Bolts
There will be 4 Screws that you will need to take out in this step for an explanation look in the above pictures, (i tried taking pictures behind, thats when my jack slipped and the stand saved my life.) In this step i had to use a 1/2in socket, and a 9/16ths. The two that connect to the caliper looks like it has a rubber sort of spring on it, these are the smaller ones.
Step 4: Removing
After you loosen everything and get it off, it disconnects into two pieces (See pictures above). You may want to get a bucket or something that you can prop piece 2 onto. Piece 1 should slide off completely, if it doesnt you may need to lightly tap it with the thor (Heavy) hammer.
Step 5: Adding and Greasing
This is the step where you'll need your new brake pads. When you take the brakes out of the box you'll see two sets; One is for the driver side and one is for the passenger, if it doesn't tell you which is which you can easily tell by matching them up to the brakes already on there. The old brakes should slide up out of the rails, but before you slide in the new pads apply a small amount of grease to the rails to make it easier.
Step 6: Finishing
We just have a few more areas to grease, in picture 1 it shows a piece that you will need to pull straight out and grease the rod, the push it back in until it is secured again, now you're done with that part.But before you put piece 1 back on to the disk, I recommend cleaning the disk with the disk cleaner shown in step one. After you clean the disk, you will need the c-clamp. use the c-clamp to compress the piece shown in picture 5. When you've done that you're finished now just do the steps in reverse, do it to the front and back tires and save your self over 200$$!
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