Taking the Right Steps to Replace Your Brake Pads and Rotors


When it comes to your car, you need the right maintenance to ensure that your vehicle is in proper working order. Not only do you want it to work correctly, but you need to be safe on the road. Your brakes can easily wear and tear in time. This causes your car to not stop as intended. Even a millisecond of unresponsiveness from your brakes can cause a bad accident. You never want to be on the bad end of that scenario or harm someone else.  Here are a few ways to help you replace your brake pads and rotors.

Having the Right Equipment

Before you get started, you should always have the right equipment in your fingertips. However, we will begin with the right safety precautions. First of all, make sure you use jack stands because you never want to put your body under the vehicle when there’s no support. Make sure all of your tools are in good standing. Each vehicle is different but you need wrenches, sockets, and a ratchet. To keep things in good measure, have some channel locks, pliers, and even a hammer handy in case you need to remove your rudder. Sometimes the rudder is hard to get off due to rust. Before you replace things on your vehicle, get a new set of rudders, pads, and a brake cleaner from your local auto store. You can get advice from a specialist on good cleaners for your specific vehicle. When you have the right equipment, then you can begin the process of removing your brake pads off the vehicle.

How to Remove the Brake Pads and Rotors

Once you stand your vehicle up and undo the wheels, you’re going to remove the pads, rudders, and the caliper. Your best bet is to remove the caliper slide bolts first by using a ratchet. From that point, you can take off the caliper and lay it a safe place for later. After this is in a safe spot, get your 18mm wrench and remove the pad holder. Of course, different sizes work for different vehicles. Ask a professional for help in case you don’t know what wrench to use. Now, things get a bit tricky. You need to remove the disc brake rudder. Remember the hammer from earlier? If you see that the rudder has some rust, the hammer is a good tool for removing it. Don’t be afraid to use a lubricant or oil to help you break through the rust.

Tips to Help You Prepare Your New Parts

Make sure everything from the rudders and pads look the same as the old ones. You want everything to fit snug. Pay attention to things like the same height and diameter so these items sit properly on your car. You’ll want to apply a good chemical to prevent your brakes from squealing by putting it on your brake pads. Notice, that this may dry faster or slower depending on the cold or hot weather season. Clean your rudders with the brake cleaner because it has the right chemical to not overpower them with bad oils. Get a rag and go to work to ensure that every spot is cleaned. By taking these proper steps, you’ll be on your way to replacing your brake pads and rotors.