How to Change Brake Pads
It’s recommended by most manufacturers that the brake pads in your vehicle be changed about every 50,000 miles. Changing these brake pads is imperative not only to the functionality of your brake system and vehicle as a whole, but also to the safety of you and your passengers.
Thankfully, you can easily change your own brake pads at home if you have the right tools, an hour of time, and step-by-step instructions. On this page, we at Elite Acura have put together instructions for you to follow while changing your own brake pads. Read ahead to get started!
Drivers in the areas of Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill who have questions along the way should give us a call.
The Tools & Parts You’ll Need for the Project
- Mechanic gloves (or any thick gloves) to protect your hands
- A reliable car jack with jack stands
- A lug wrench
- Either a socket wrench, open wrench, or adjustable wrench
- Either a C-clamp or something to retract the piston
In addition to these tools, you’ll also need a new set of brake pads. Make sure to buy the correct brake pads for your type of vehicle and driving habits. If you’re not sure what kind of brake pads your vehicle needs, give our service center a call and one of our technicians would be happy to help you get it sorted out.
Step-by-Step Directions for Changing Brake Pads
- Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel; remove the wheel before jacking it up and securing it.
- Remove the bottom slider bolt, or slider pin, in the caliper and place aside.
- Rotate the caliper up and out of the way.
- Pinch the brake pad retaining clips on the old brake pads; remove them before sliding out the old brake pad.
- Slide the new brake pad in and secure it with the new retaining clips.
- Retract the pistons in order to move the caliper back into place. Be sure to keep an eye on the brake fluid level during this part of the process to ensure that it doesn’t rise too much or too quickly.
- Put the caliper back into place and secure the slider bolt.
- Replace the wheel and secure it.
Still Have Questions About Your Brake Pads?
We at Elite Acura are thrilled that you came to us today to learn more about how to change brake pads. We hope you got the information you were looking for and more. However, if you still have questions about your car’s brakes, we’re more than happy to provide further assistance.
Don’t hesitate to give us call at our service center with any questions you may still have about changing your brake pads. Drivers in the areas of Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill can also stop by the service center on their way through town to speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly technicians!