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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.
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Step 1: Gathering Tools And Materials.

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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(we will get into that later.

Step 2: Don't Forget The Jack!!!

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The impact driver also makes fast work of raising and lowering the jack. :)

Step 3: Venting The System

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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. TECH NOTE: This method should not be done on cars manufactured before 1980. I will post an instructable on how to change brake pads on older cars later as this will require bleeding the brakes.

Step 4: Removing The Tire

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Place the jack where the manufacturer recommends, and use the impact driver to raise the car until the tire is off the ground. Use the tire iron to break loose the lug nuts, and then use the impact driver to speed up the process. Inspect the lug nuts for cracks and stripped threads, then clean them and set them aside.
Carefully remove the tire and set it aside as well.

Step 5: Spreading The Caliper

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This is where venting the system is important, and 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.
ojsefg (author) 1 year ago
The cap was removed from the reservoir, not the master cylinder. (Newer car) Removing the cap negates the need to bleed the brakes. The only thing that would introduce air to the lines, is changing the caliper, or the lines themselves. However, if the need arises, I can post an instructable on how to properly bleed brakes in an old car.
djb4390971 year ago
Don't forget to bleed the brakes, especially if you took the cap off the master cylinder reservoir. Also, manually prying the calipers open often leads to air being introduced to the system.
ojsefg (author) 1 year ago
The impact wrench was used to speed up raising and lowering the jack, and removing the lugs after they were loosened. I also used it to help remove the caliper mounting bolts. Just a time saver. Everything was torqued to manufacturers specs upon completion.
shakeq791 year ago
The impact wrench isn’t a must-have automotive tool, but it’s definitely a really-would-like-to-have. More than once during our testing, the 18-volt battery vibrated loose enough to prevent the wrench from working.
fatscat1 year ago
nice keep um comi