Brake Disc and Pad Kit
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
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.