Living a busy life in the Centennial, Aurora, and Denver area no doubt has you driving around frequently. Though highly reliable, over time your vehicle can begin to wear down in places due to excessive driving, and this is especially true for your brake pads. While this is a completely normal thing that happens in all vehicles, it does mean it’s time for a replacement.
Mile High Honda is here to teach you how to change your brake pads yourself, so you can ensure that your vehicle stops exactly when you need it to. Below, you will find the steps needed to perform a brake pad replacement right in your own driveway.
5 Steps to Replace Your Brake Pads
Before you got started, you first need some crucial tools, and maybe even a friend to make the change go off without a hitch. Along with tools needed to change your tires, like a floor jack, jack stands, and a tire iron, you will also need:
- Brake Tool
- New Brake Pads
- Brake Grease
- Socket Wrench
Step 1 – Jack Up Your Vehicle: Since your brake pads are located underneath of your vehicle, you will need to raise it up and remove your tires before you start working. To do this, begin by loosening the lug nuts on your wheels with the tire iron. Next, put your jack under the vehicle to heighten it and place your jack stands under a solid point in your vehicle’s frame. Finally, lower your car onto the stands, remove the jack, and take off your tires.
Step 2 – Removing Brake Pads: Now that your tires are gone, you can see where your braking system is clear. This includes brake pads, calipers, and rotors. To get your brake pads, you will first need to remove the calipers.
Do this by taking your socket wrench and removing the caliper’s bolts. This will allow you to slide off the calipers but be careful! This system is connected by wires, so make sure to place them somewhere safe without hanging them by the attached wires. Now, you take off your brake pads.
Step 3 – Replace Brake Pads: It’s now time to put your new and fully-cushioned brake pads in the system. First, take your new brake pads and lubricate them using the brake grease. Make sure to do this only to the back of the pads. Since this relies on friction to properly stop your car, grease anyway else could make your brakes to falter.
Then, put your brake pads in the place where the old ones were and clip them firmly in place. They should be straightened and positioned properly if needed.
Step 4 – Install Calipers: With your new brake pads successfully installed, your calipers need to go back on, as well. This assembly might need some adjusting since they were used to fitting your old, worn-down pads. To do this, you will need your brake tool.
Put the caliper in the largest position and use your brake tool’s plastic piece against the opposite end of the system. Then, rotate the handle to adjust it to the largest size and resize them to fit with your new pads.
Step 5 – Test Drive: After you replace your tires and lower your vehicle, a test drive is needed to ensure you installed everything correctly. Drive slowly around the neighborhood and test your brakes. If you hear any weird sounds or feel like something is wrong, you may need to check the installation again to ensure everything is in its right place.
Replace Your Brake Pads at Mile High Honda
We hope that our how to change brake pads guide was informative. However, if you do not have the proper tools, are worried about installing something incorrectly, or just want someone to it for you, our service center is here for you. We proudly serve the Centennial, Aurora, and Denver areas.