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How to replace your brake pads


This is a tip explaining how to replace the brake pads on your car. It is actually a very easy task to do once you get the hang of it.

There are basically 2 braking systems used on vehicles today, the floating caliper. and the fixed caliper. In both of these, the brake pad needs to be replaced when the thickness of the braking friction material is less than 2 mm.

Here is how we do it:

Step 1:

The first step will be to jack up your vehicle. Be sure that the vehicle is secure. Always remember, safety first.

Step 2:
Open the bonnet and remove the brake fluid reservoir cap, wrap a thick absorbent cloth around the reservoir filler neck to soak up any brake fluid overflow.

Step 3:

Floating caliper:

You need to remove the piston housing before you replace the pad. The guiding pins is sunk into the rubber shield, where you will need a allen key, or corresponding spanner to remove. Once you removed the pin, you wii be able to remove the brake pad housing. Also remove the retaining springs when the caliper housing is removed. Now, you will be able to remove the worn pad, remove the outside pads first.

Fixed caliper:

Here, we have 2 pistons, and 2 guide pins. We need to remove the clips on the guide pins first using a long nose pliers. Use a punch and hammer to remove the pins.Now you will be able to remove the springs, as ell as the worn pads.

Step 4:

Before you install the new pads, the pistons need to be forced back into the housing of the caliper. Remember to always be cautious while working, so you don't damage some of the rubbers or the piston itself. Have a look at all the seals and rubbers before you replace the pad, so that you will be able to replace rubbers where needed.

Step 5:

Now we can install the new pads., starting with the outer pads.
Refit the retaining plates as well as the housing and guiding pins. THe guiding pins need to be lubricated.

Step 6:

Now you can refit the wheel. also, you need to pump the brake pedal a few times so that the new pad and the piston can make contact. You should be able to feel when this happens, due to the fact that it will get harder to pump the pedal.

Step 7:

Repeat the above procedure with the other two wheels.

Step 8:

Once you are done with all wheels, you need to fill up the brake fluid reservoir. Now you can lower your vihecle, and start driveing.

Something you need to keep in mind:

  • Be gentle on the newly installed brakes for the first 130km.
  • Always be sure to inspect your brakes before you take a drive. Safety FIRST!!!
  • Your brake fluid needs to be replaced every 12 - 18 months.

I really hope this can be a good guide. Please rate accordingly.

Kind regards

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