How to Replace Brake Pads
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Here are simple instructions on replacing brake pads, discs and lines.
Firstly, you will need a well-lit area with plenty of space. Gather your tools such as a
jack, jack stands, lug wrench, wrench and socket set, screwdriver, and rags. Loosen the nuts on the wheel so they'll be easier t remove later on. Then jack up
the car and slide the stands under the frame of the car where they are stable and lower the jacks. Take off the nuts and remove the wheel. Inspect your brake line
and if need be, repair or replace it. To repair a brake line, cut a part of the line at the divider fitting off and get another one. You will also need compression
fittings. Run the new line and screw one end into the divider fitting; use the compression fittings to attach the two steel lines together on the other end. The new
line will have flared ends to make this fit. Seal the line securely after tightening the nuts in the fittings.
Moving onto the pads, you will need to unbolt the caliper and place it to the side. If there are brackets on the pads remove and set aside for later. The old brake pads
should easily come off. If you need to replace the discs, now would be the ideal time. Remove the sets of screws and discard the old disc. Replace it with the new disc.
Then look in the caliper for the piston that you will have to push to return to its original position. You are ready to put the new pads and brackets on. Rebolt the
caliper and test the brakes by tapping them a few times for pressure before putting tires and nuts on. You can now lower the vehicle.
When starting any do it yourself project, you should think about the pros and cons. If you have the patience and the time, doing these and other projects can save you
money and teach you more about your vehicle. But think about whether or not you want to invest the time and effort of going out and buying all the various tools you
The risk of purchasing the wrong materials may set you back. You should keep in mind that having these jobs done professionally can comfort you. Knowing that
everything is properly done, the parts are correctly ordered, and the job is completed can lift a heavy burden off of your shoulders.