Replacing Your Own Brakes and Rotors
It’s not real surprise that many auto maintenance and repair services that cost you an arm and a leg at the service center can be done at home without too much trouble. Today we want to give you a quick overview of how to replace your brake pads and rotors on a front-wheel drive car.
Let’s Get Started
First, you’ll need the following tools/materials:
- Socket and wrench set
- Screwdriver set
- Large C clamps or channel locks
- Brake fluid
- Jack stands
- Hydraulic floor jack
- Breaker bar or lug wrench
And before we get started, a quick warning: make sure your car is blocked and secure before letting any part of yourself go underneath it. And never use your spare tire jack for maintenance.
- First, set your emergency brake, block your wheels, and raise your vehicle up. Put the jack stands in place and remove your front wheels.
- Next you will want to loosen your caliper bolts and remove both front calipers. If the bolt threads aren’t in good shape, you’ll want to replace them.
- Lift the brake caliper from the rotor and be careful not to bend or kink the flex hose. Inspect the hose and caliper for any leakage or cracking and replace if necessary.
- To remove the brake pads, you’ll want to use a large C clamp or channel locks to fully compress the cylinder. You may need to bleed the brake fluid in order to do this.
- Remove the caliper mounting bolts and remove your brake rotor assembly clips to replace your rotor.
- Once your new rotor is in place, unbox your new brake pads and install them.
- Reassemble the unit in the order you took it apart and do the same for the other wheel.
You should be good to go now, but you’ll want to check your brake fluid and make sure it’s at the proper level before heading out on the road.
When in Doubt, Find a Pro
We love to help our drivers with their auto maintenance and repair needs, and we do believe that many of you will have no problem with this repair. But if you aren’t sure or aren’t comfortable working on your car to this degree, don’t risk your safety: call a professional mechanic.