Easy Tips to removing and installing new brake pads

Changing the brake pads is not as difficult as you may have imagined. Sure, the rotors look easier and it's often hard to imagine how to get those brake pads in and out of the calipers, but it's actually quite straight forward.

Nearly all cars require you to remove the two caliper mounting bolts in order for you to remove the brake pads. You will need a caliper spreader tool, or if you don't have access to that, a C-Clamp can also be used. This is helpful in pushing the caliper piston back in, so you can install the new brake pads and then slide them over the rotor.

You also want to have handy a packet or tube of brake grease. Apply this over the back of the brake pad, to prevent any small rattles from the brake shim plate.

Lastly, it's a good tip to have a can of brake cleaner to clean up the brake caliper contact points, such as the piston, piston seal area, and hardware.
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