Pump Your Brakes Again: Here's How To Change Your Brakes and Rotors

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Your car is probably the second most significant purchase that you've ever made, behind your house. Thus, doesn't it make sense that you want to ensure that you keep this piece of your property in tip-top shape?

The only way to do it is to ensure that you adhere to a strict maintenance schedule. One of the most important items on that maintenance schedule is changing brakes and rotors to ensure your car always has enough stopping power to get itself out of an emergency situation.

In this article, we'll explain how to change brakes at home by yourself. Despite what a mechanic might have you believe, this is a simple job that you can do at home as long as you have the right set of tools. Read on to learn how.

Get Tools Together

The first thing that you need to do in order to change brakes is to get your tools together. Having the right tools on hand even before you begin will ensure that the project goes smoothly and that you don't have to take annoyingly long brakes to drop down to your local hardware store for a particular wrench. 

At the very minimum, you will need a socket wrench set, a breaker bar, and a jack to jack up your car. We recommend getting jack stands as well to ensure that your car doesn't go anywhere when it's jacked up.

Remove Old Brakes Parts

Once you have the tools together, you can begin the first part of the brake-change process -- removing the old parts. You'll have to take the wheel off first to access the brake caliper.

The brake caliper is what houses the pads. The brake caliper presses the pads together on the rotor when the brake pedal is pressed (the pressure of the fluid in the lines connecting to the caliper from the underbody of the car is what makes this happen). Friction between the pads and the rotor then stops the vehicle. 

Remove the brake caliper to get the old pads out. Getting the old caliper off will also allow you to get the old rotor off.

Install New Brake Parts

Once you have those parts off, it's time to install the new brake parts. Make sure to only use equipment that is approved by your car's manufacturer. Use zinc coated rotors for maximum stopping power.

Make sure to clean off the new rotor before you put it on the hub. Do the same with the brake pads. Once the pads are in the caliper and the rotor is on the hub, re-attach the caliper to the rotor.

Put the wheel back on and voila! You're all done. You now officially know how to change your rotors and brake pads on your car.

How to Change Brakes, Made Simple

There you have it. Now that you know how to change brakes and rotors on your car, you'll be able to keep your car in excellent mechanical condition without wasting money on an expensive mechanic.

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