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Install a Brake Disc and Pad Kit in 5 Steps



If you’re experience grinding, vibration, or hear squealing sounds whenever you step on the brakes, it’s time to check your braking system. Most probably, you’ll need to invest in a new brake disc and pad kit. Installing this kit is easy even without professional help. Here’s how:

Required skill: Intermediate

Tools needed:

  • Jack and jack stands
  • Wrench, lug wrench, and socket
  • Screwdriver
  • Rubber mallet
  • C-clamp or brake pad spreader
  • Brake lubricant and brake part cleaner
  • Sand paper or wire brush
  • Prepping up your vehicle

    Loosen the lug nuts but don’t remove them yet. Jack up the car, place jack stands underneath, and lower your ride until it lands on the stands. Then completely loosen the lug nuts to remove the wheel.

    Removing old pads

    Depending on your car make and model, you might need to first remove the calipers and the attached hose. Then siphon out the brake fluid from the master cylinder. Remove the cap from the brake fluid reservoir and use a paper towel or rag to cover the reservoir and prevent contaminants from getting in. In order to access the pads, you need to press the pistons attached to the caliper out of the way. Depending on your vehicle make and model, you can use a C-clamp to push back the pistons or a screwdriver to screw them in and release the pads.

    Removing old discs

    Using a rubber mallet or screw driver, loosen the rotor until you can slide it off from the lug studs. If the rotor is attached with a set screw, you’ll need an impact driver to remove it.

    Installing the new discs

    Clean the new discs with a carb cleaner. Then attach them by reversing the removal method. Re-attach the pad bracket, calipers, and hose that you’ve removed previously. Tighten bolts with a socket, clean the caliber’s slide pins with a wire brush, and apply lubricant on the surfaces that’ll slide together.

    Attaching the new pads

    Screw in or compress the caliper piston with a C-clamp. Make sure you’ve opened the bleeder screw before compressing to let the brake fluid come out. Attach the new pads into the bracket or caliper by using a flat screwdriver to pry open the bracket. Reattach the reassembled caliper onto the pad bracket. Reinstall the wheels and tighten the lug nuts. Take your car for a test drive and see if the brakes are working smoothly.

    Brake Disc and Pad Kit Articles

    • Powerstop and EBC Battle it out for the Best Brake Disc and Pad Kit

      With the right brake disc and pad kit, you’ll enjoy more stopping power and improved braking performance even during difficult driving conditions. However, with so many options out there, choosing the right one can be confusing. To help you make a good decision, here’s what we have to say about two well-known brake parts labels: Powerstop and EBC.

      Product range

      Powerstop offers its brake kits under several product series such as the Z23 Evolution Sport, OE Replacement, and Extreme Truck & Tow. As for EBC, it has kits for different applications and series such as the Super Street, Premium Street, and Signature.

      WINNER: Powerstop and EBC

      Stopping power and performance

      To see which brand provided the ultimate stopping power, we tested Powerstop’s Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow and EBC’s Stage 3 Truck and SUV kits on a Toyota Tacoma. As we took our ride for sharp turns, we stepped on the brakes to see if Powerstop and EBC are true to their word. After a series of turns and sudden stops, we have determined that both brands provided a huge improvement on braking performance. There was no shuddering or squealing with both kits, and both braking sets provided a smooth and quiet performance even during challenging driving conditions.

      WINNER: Powerstop and EBC

      Material and construction

      In terms of brake disc material, both brands used cast iron. As for the brake pads, however, Powerstop used a semi-metallic material, while EBC used an organic material since the pads included are sold under the Greenstuff series. Upon a closer look, we could see that both kits were precisely constructed using high-grade materials. Despite the difference in the pad material used, both brands delivered in terms of performance. So it’s best to say that it’s another draw for this round.

      WINNER: Powerstop and EBC

      Price

      Powerstop’s brake kits are sold within the $100 to $180, while EBC’s kits can range from $170 to $200+. There is a price difference between the two brands, but the gap isn’t that big.

      WINNER: Powerstop and EBC

      The verdict

      Since both brands won in every round and criteria, it’s clear that both brands are winners. There might be a slight difference in price, but both labels provide improved stopping power and reliability at affordable prices.