Are your car's brakes making a grinding noise every time you apply the brake? Are you running low on cash or just don't trust any mechanic with your special baby? Do you have access to a few basic tools and not afraid to get your hands a little dirty? Well if you said yes to the three questions listed above then your in luck. With this short and simple tutorial I will show you step-by-step how to change the brake pads on your passenger car.
*Note: By careful when changing your brake pads on your or anyone else car. I do not hold responsibility for any injury to anyone*
Step 1: The tools that you will need.
The tools that you'll need to complete this afternoon project are very simple and easy to acquire tools. These tools consist of:
-An open ended or an adjustable wrench (it depends on what kind of a car you are working on)
-A hammer (one that you can swing around in a somewhat tight area)
-A set of Allen wrenches (standard or metric, it depends on the make and model of your car)
-Car jack (the one that was provided with your car will work just fine)
-Your new brake pads
Step 2: Breaking the Lug Nuts
Start off by taking your lug wrench and breaking the lug nuts on the rim before jacking up the car. This is much safer then waiting to do it while the car is in the air. Once the lugs are loosened up, go ahead and start jacking the car up. To make sure the car jack is put in the right area on your car's undercarriage, consult your owner's manual. Once the car is raised up, insert a few jack stands under your car which will make it a little safer to work on.