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Need instructions on how to change the front brake pads on a 1994 mazda protege...and i"m a girl so dont assume i know ANYTHING =O)

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Ok simple
Place the car in park set the hand brake chock the rear wheels with a brick or a rock so the car does not move.

Now loosen both front tires and lift the car up to a good comfortable working height. Next remove the wheels and set them aside its pretty simple if your just going to replace the brake pads only, You will see something called the caliper it looks like a clamp it will be held on by two screws they can be special screws or simple bolts you remove both of them. now the caliper (clamp) is off there will be a piston that will be pushed very far out you must use brake spreader or very large pliers or a C clamp to push that piston all the way back in. You do this to both sides than once your done with that you will get your new set of brake pads and match them to your old one's make sure there the same and than you install them right where the old one's are with the caliper off. You put it back on over the brake pads clean up the entire area with some brakleen brake parts cleaner. than attatch the caliper with its two bolts and tighten them tight and place the wheels back on the vehicle set it down and remove the jack stands pump up the brakes till there hard BEFORE attempting to drive and that's it your done go for a test drive check over your work 2 times before you set the car down.

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Well there are easy But get some one else to do the job as you will need the rotors skimed before fitting new pads AND your life depends on the brakes so get them done correctly first time'

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Your a girl so..lol.easy job.First youll have to jack up the first side of car you plan on to work on.remove the lugs then wheel..Now youll see your rotor which is what your tire was bolted to.now tworge the front of rotor youll see the break caliper. which is where your pads are, they push againt the rotor thats what stops your car.You will now remove the rotor usuallt 2 hex head bolts.take them off .you may have to pry caliper off .remove old pads.u will need a C clamp.to push the piston on the caliper back in all the way if u do not do this the breaks will never go on.once the piston is pushed back in with C clamp put new pads on and replace it all in reverse.before moving car start it and pump the breaks untill they get hard .at first itll feel like there is no breaks which there wont be thats why you have to pump the peddle till its hard ..do the same for opposite side.. good luck.

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