Anyone can do this. Changing the front set of brake pads on my car took less than two hours and cost just about 30$
We've all heard the telltale sound of metal screeching and grinding on metal when coming to a stop, and dreading the cost of having a mechanic or the dreaded dealer hand you an astronomical bill for doing something so simple, my sister could do it without breaking a nail.
Step 1: Gathering Tools And Materials.
Aside from buying new brake pads(25.99 for a front set at autozone) your going to want to have the following on hand.
Socket and wrench set, tire iron, flathead screwdriver, 12v or stronger impact driver, and a 1x2 board about 24 inches long(well get into that later.
Step 2: Don't Forget The Jack!!!
The impact driver makes fast work of raising and lowering the jack. :)
Step 3: Venting The System
This is probably the most important step, because if it's not done, you could seriously damage your car by bursting the reservoir or the fluid lines.
Pop the hood, locate the brake fluid cap, remove it, and set it aside.
Step 4: Removing The Tire
Place the jack where the manufacturer recommends, and used the impact driver to raise the car until the tire is off the ground. Use the tire iron to break loose the lug nuts, then use the impact driver to speed up the process.
Remove the tire and set it aside.
Step 5: Spreading The Caliper
This is where venting the system comes into play. Taking the flathead screwdriver, place it between the old brake pad and the rotor. GENTLY but firmly, pull back and pry the caliper open, spreading the pads apart as far as they'll go. This makes removing the caliper easy.
Step 6: Removing The Caliper
Locate the two bolts holding the caliper in place. Your going to need to use some elbow grease to break these loose, the manufacturer uses thread sealant to make sure these stay put. Once they're loose, the impact driver will make removing them faster. Clean the threads and set them aside.