How to Change Brake Pads
In the big wide world of brake repair, if you’re a DIY kind of person, you may be wondering how to change brake pads. They’re one of the most essential parts of your braking system, and it’s important to service them correctly, so everything runs the way you want to it.
Fortunately, Pat Peck Kia is here to make things easier for you. Read on for our step-by-step guide to brake pad repair, so you can service your car and get back to the roads of D’Iberville, Gulfport and Hattiesburg!
Why Changing Brake Pads Is Important
When you press down on your brake pedal, the brake pads apply pressure and friction to your car’s rotors. In other words, they’re the part of your braking system responsible for stopping your car. Over time, they wear down and can’t do their job as effectively. Replacing them will keep you safer behind the wheel.
If you notice grinding, squealing, vibrating or pulling when you apply the brakes, you may need new brake pads. And, if you look at your pads through the spokes of your wheels and see less than a quarter inch of pad, they’ve worn down too far. Learn how to replace your brake pads by reading the below step-by-step guide.
What’ll You Need to Change Brake Pads
For this DIY repair, there are a few key tools and items you’ll need to make sure everything goes smoothly
The tools you’ll need to change your brake pads are:
- Brake Grease
- Car Jack/Jack Stands
- Replacement Brake Pads
- Socket Wrench
- Tire Iron
The first thing you’ll need to do is raise the car. With the tire iron, start by loosening the lug nuts on the wheels where you’re replacing the brake pads (always change brake pads in pairs—the front two and/or the back two). Then, jack up the car and use the jack stands to keep it secure, and you’re ready to change your brake pads!
How to Change Your Brake Pads
When your car is up in the air and firmly secured on jack stands, you can finish removing the lug nuts and, then, the wheels. Next, use the socket wrench to remove the brake caliper assembly. The caliper acts as a clamp holding the pads to the rotor, so with it out of the way, you can remove your old brake pads.
Now, it’s time to put on the brake pads. Put brake grease on the back of the pads, so the caliper piston that presses against your brake pads when you use the brakes won’t make unwanted noise. Then put the pads in, replace the brake caliper assembly and put your wheels back on. Congrats—you’ve just changed your brake pads!
Change Your Brake Pads Regularly
We hope our guide on how to change brake pads is useful to you! For genuine OEM brake pads, feel free to put in an order at our parts center. You’ll get pads that match the manufacturer specifications for your vehicle, for confidence and peace of mind.
Or if you’re not a DIY-er and are looking for a “Brake pad replacement near me”, you can always schedule an appointment or consultation at our service center. At Pat Peck Kia, we’re committed to serving drivers throughout D’Iberville, Gulfport and Hattiesburg in whatever way works best for them!