It is absolutely important not to wait too long to change your brake pads. In fact waiting to change your brake pads is positively dangerous.With brakes being repeatedly applied over many thousands of miles, the brake pads wear down gradually. This reduces its ability to stop the vehicle. Sometimes, we are not financially capable of taking our vehicle in for that much-needed brake job. So below is a DIY, on how to change your vehicle’s brakes.
Here is a quick overview of a DIY- How to change your vehicle’s brakes. But, before that, here are a few things to keep a lookout for to know when your breaks need a change.
Always keep an ear out for the squeaking sound. This happens when a brake pad wears down on a rotor. An audible safety measure, this, however, may not be there in some cars. Thus, newer cars have break pad sensors and corresponding dashboard alerts on the pads needing replacement.
Besides the above indicators, a break pad on getting low requires a longer stroke of the caliper’s piston. This is while clamping down on the rotor and leads to lowering in the amount of fluid in your brake reservoir. You may even get the warning light “BRAKE” on your instrument cluster.
It’s best to replace the brakes at this point since if let be, the pad’s material might wear down to the point, where the pad’s metal backing plate starts making contact with the rotor surface. Made of steel, these will end up making heavy grooves in your rotor’s surface, and thus, you’d have to end up changing the rotors as well. Not to mention, the price of safety too!
In order to change your vehicle’s brakes by yourself, you need to acquire the following tools.
A pair of gloves, ratchets (3/8” and 1/2”), a breaker bar (1/2”), assorted extensions (3/8”), sockets (3/8” and 1/2”), open ended wrenches, Torx and hex sockets as per your vehicle’s requirement, c-clamp, hydraulic jack, jack stands, pry bar, wire brush and WD-40.
Next up, you would have to purchase brakes and rotors, again as per your vehicular requirement.
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