Performance Brake Kit Installation: The DIY Way
Brake pads and brake discs-these are two components on your car that need to be of performance type. Because a strong pad-disc combo is necessary for an optimum braking power, there is no question why installing powerful and well-crafted brake pads and discs is your most pressing car upgrade. If you can imagine by now the great braking difference you will have once this performance brake kit is installed, then make that imagining into reality by preparing for this one-hour task.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Preparing for the task
Ensure your safety first. Park the vehicle on a level ground, then lift it with jack and jack stands. Make sure that the jack stand is securing the frame well. Put wheel chocks behind the rear wheels to keep them from rolling back.
Removing the old brake rotor and pads
Remove the fasteners on the wheels using the lug wrench. With the socket and ratchet, remove the brake caliper, then wire it up to the strut to prevent damaging the brake line. Use the screwdriver to remove the retaining screws of the rotor, then remove the rotor by hitting it with the rubber mallet until it breaks loose from the assembly. Once the rotor is out, remove the old brake pads from the caliper bracket or slots. Use the screwdriver to pry them out in case they are stuck.
Installing the brake rotor and pads
Start working on the pads. First, open the caliper piston and, with the C-clamp, partially slide it out away from the side of the caliper in order to give enough room for the new, thick pads. Grease up the back of the pads, then slide the pads into the caliper bracket of slots. Now, you can start working on the rotor. Place the new rotor on the assembly, then tighten its retaining bolts. Put the caliper over the mounting bracket and rotor, fasten the caliper's bolts, replace the wheel onto its bolt, then hand-fasten the wheel's lug nuts before tightening them with the lug wrench. Remove the car from the lift, then repeat the process for the other wheels.