A car’s brakes are the most important components of any vehicle, more important than the accelerator in fact. Since car brakes are one of the most often used parts of a car, then it is but natural that brake pads get worn out easily. To ensure that your car’s brakes do not give up on you, prudent maintenance is necessary. This article will outline how to change your vehicle’s front brake pads, the ones that take most of the brunt every time you brake your car.
1. Know when to change your car’s front brake pads.
Never wait for that moment when you’d literally hit a wall to start considering checking your vehicle’s braking system. If a strange screeching sound is audible every time you brake your car, then it’s high time you reline the brakes. You’re in an even more dire situation if you get to hear weird metal clanging sounds when you brake, since this is a clear indication of a damaged brake rotor. Check the front brake pads through the gaps in the wheel’s rims for signs of wear and tear. If the pads are not at all visible, then it will be necessary to take away the front tires. The pads are positioned well in front next to a metal plate called a rotor. Once you see the pads, check their thickness. In most cars, brake pads an inch thick do not need changing.
2. Work in a relatively comfortable and safe area.
Park your car in a shady and well-ventilated area. Have your vehicle in Park mode, making sure the parking brake is securely set.
3. Prep your car for the replacement.
If you haven’t removed the wheels during check up yet, then use your tire iron or spinner to loosen the front wheels’ lug nuts. Once done, get a hold of your floor jack to raise the vehicle up. Hydraulic jacks should always be supported by two jack stands as a safety measure, so make sure you position these in proper places before proceeding to work on an elevated vehicle. Next is to finally remove the wheels.
4. Remove the front brake assembly.
Find the caliper first. This is where the brake pads are attached. Remove the bolts holding the caliper and carefully slide it out. After that, uninstall the bolts or clips holding the two brake pads attached to the inner part of the caliper.
5. Put in the new brake pads.
Apply a liberal amount of lubricant onto the back of the replacement brake pads before attaching them to the caliper. Once done, just reattach the caliper onto its rightful place. Re-attach the tire. Perform the same process to replace the brake pads for the other front tire.
Do some practice driving tests around the block to ensure that the brake pads have been replaced successfully. Just make sure that you drive carefully and slowly when you do this.