Brake Disc Set Screw: The Strong Support Your Brake Disc Needs
Let's say you're working on your car's suspension. Everything is going smoothly until a brake disc set screw got heavily stuck, and the only thing left to do is drill it out. Luckily, there are a lot of replacement brake disc set screws available. Here's a guide to help you choose the right screw for your disc brake.
Key-in the exact information
As far as searching for replacement parts go, the best thing to do is to find the exact one because it will definitely save your time. To do this, you just have to look for an aftermarket website, key-in the requested info like your car's make, type, year, and that's it. However, if your brake disc screw got stuck, and you had to drill it out, then that means it might happen again with an exact replacement.
Select a better alternative
There are different types of screws you can choose from if you want to discard your old brake disc set screw. Here's a list to help narrow your search.
- Head shape
The common head shape of a brake disc set screw is a flathead. You don't need to look for a different type because a flathead shaped screw is the best choice.
- Head type
There are three basic head types of screws for automotive applications. The first head type is the square hole called Robertson; the next is the Torx which looks like a five sided star; and finally, the hex head that has a six-sided hole. Choose the head type that's applicable to the tools you have in your garage. You can also try a different type, if you drilled-off the previous brake disc set screw before you were able to remove it.
- Screw measurement
Compare the length of your current disc brake set screw with the one you want to buy. Look closer and you'll notice the diameter of the screw shaft, and the thread gauge. You can compare these details if you have the specifications of your current set screw.
Other tips to consider
- It is better to replace all screws at once than only one at a time. It will be difficult to replace each one on different occasions.
- Choose a brake disc set screw that's made from stainless steel. To further prevent rusting, galvanized screws are the best option. Although it will cost more, the quality they provide is worth it.
Replace Your Brake Disc Set Screw in 8 Easy Steps
If you see the screws around the disc brake already rusty and worn out, then it's time to replace them because the longer they remain, the harder they'll be removed. Here's a step-by-step guide to show how to replace a brake disc set screw.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Hydraulic jack
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Socket wrench set
- T-30 torx bit socket
- New brake disc set screws
Note: The vehicle used in this guide is a Volkswagen.
Step 1: Park your car inside your garage, or on a clean and level area. Make sure the emergency brake is applied.
Step 2: Loosen the lug nuts using the lug wrench, but don't completely remove the nuts yet.
Step 3: Raise the car using the floor jack to a comfortable working level, and secure the vehicle by placing the jack stands underneath the car's solid frame. Remove the lug nuts completely, and take off the wheel as well.
Step 4: Use the socket wrench to remove the inner caliper mounting bracket bolts in the upper and lower portion, but do not include the bolts of the brake caliper. Lift the brake caliper and its mounting bracket off the rotor at the same time, and place them on top of a clean surface. Do not let it hang because the brake line is attached to the caliper.
Step 5: Take the ratchet, and attach the torx bit screw. Locate the torx screw you need to replace, and remove it from the rotor. Clean the area before you screw in the new one. Do the same procedure for the rest of the screws.
Step 6: Place the brake caliper and the bracket bolts back in their previous position. Reattach the caliper mounting bracket bolts.
Step 7: Fit the wheel back in and secure its position using the lug nuts. Remove the jack stands underneath the vehicle.
Step 8: Pump the brakes of your vehicle a couple of times before you perform a test drive.