Don't ignore the following red flags—check them out as soon as possible at the first sign of any of these symptoms:
- A high-pitched squeal when you brake — most pads come with a wear indicator that squeals when your pads need replacing
- Pedal vibrating or pulsating under normal braking —it may indicate a warped car brake rotor
- Car pulling to the right or left when braking — could be stuck caliper due to slide pin failure or cracked seal
- While driving, the brake light on your dashboard suddenly goes on — it could signal that your brakes could be near total failure
- Brakes that stick or grab — this may signify a failure to release
- Adjust the mirrors so you are able to see:
Once you've removed the wheels, keep these quality tools close by and within reach:
- Adjustable or open-ended wrench – to remove the caliper bolts and loosen bleeder valve
- C-clamp to press on the caliper assembly and push the piston all the way in, once the new pads are in place
- Brake bleeder kit – to help eliminate brake-fluid spills
- Plastic disposable mechanics gloves to keep the grease and grime off your hands
Before starting, always ensure your car is parked on a level surface, with the emergency brake engaged.
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