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I would like to find out what tool's are needed and the best way to replace pads and rotor's.

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You should need a lug wrench to remove the wheels, a jack and axle stands to get your car off the ground (it's good to wedge something on the wheels you're not working on). You will also need some sort of pry bar to force the callipers open and a screwdriver or impact wrench to undo the bolts that secure the rotors in place.

The basic procedure is lifting the car, removing the wheels, forcing the callipers open, removing the worn pads (this depends on the vehicle you're working on), undoing the bolts that secure the rotor (that might have rusted in place and if so, will require a rotor puller) removing the rotor, putting the new rotor in, screwing it down, placing the new pads (with a special grease between the pads and callipers that prevents brake squeaking), properly securing the new pads (triple check it, if in doubt, check again), connecting the "worn pad indicator" wire (if there is one) and putting the wheels back on.

This is a basic guide, not a proper how-to. If in doubt, go to the shop. There are things with which un-instructed people should not mess with. Your life depends on a job well done.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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