How to change brake pads:

Install your own brake pads and save money today.

How to change brake pads: discover how to change brake pads on your own.
There are many important details to remember when replacing brake pads. Brake pads and calipers were introduced on vehicles in 1968. After 1978, almost all vehicles came with front disc brakes.

The general tools you’ll need for this job are listed in this article. Please consult a repair manual for the specifics of a complete brake job on your vehicle. Always leave one side of the brakes assembled for reference.
Advance Auto Parts carries the best brake pads for your vehicle, along with a complete selection of other quality auto parts.

Why you should change brake pads:
Your disc brake rotors and pads handle up to 75% of your vehicle’s breaking needs. Braking power may be severely reduced if brake pads are worn thin. Worn brake pads are not only dangerous, but will cause expensive rotor damage if neglected.

Never put off brake maintenance. Brake pads normally last between 20,000 and 40,000 miles depending on driving conditions. Inspect your disc brake pads regularly and replace if needed with quality brake parts from Advance Auto Parts.

What you will need for replacing brake pads:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for replacing brake pads:

Estimated time required - 1 - 2 Hours (per axle)

How to change brake pads -- do it yourself and save money.

For complete details and technical information on this project, see a Haynes Repair Manual that is vehicle/model specific, or ask an Advance Auto Parts Team Member for assistance.

  1. ABS brakes maintain line pressure even after the vehicle has been parked for hours. Always depress the pedal 10-20 times before beginning a brake job to release residual pressure.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts. Raise and secure the vehicle on jack stands. Remove the wheels. Inspect for leakage, then clean brake assembly with brake cleaner. Next remove caliper fasteners but not the caliper.
  3. On some vehicles, brake pads are held into the calipers with special clips. Make sure to note original location before removing. Install new clips, if supplied, upon reinstallation.
  4. Remove and secure the caliper to the vehicle using heavy wire. Never allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose. Remove the outboard pad and a use a spreading tool or a c-clamp to compress the caliper piston.
  5. With both pads removed, and the caliper piston compressed, inspect the caliper and replace if leaks are found on the caliper or piston boot. Uneven wear indicates caliper problems.
  6. Inspect the rotor for excessive grooves, scoring, cracks, bluing or shiny spots. If the rotor is damaged, remove and replace it.
  7. Consult your repair manual if rotor removal is required. This is a good time for wheel bearing inspection. See the wheel bearing replacement article for the procedure.
  8. Reverse the disassembly procedure making sure to keep things clean along the way. Don't forget to install fasteners, retaining clips and anti-squeal compound or shims.

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