Changing out your brake pads regularly and correctly is crucial for your and your vehicle’s safety. Check out our new video demonstrating how to change them when needed.
- 22mm socket
- Small screwdriver or punch
To get started, you’ll need to get your vehicle up in the air to take the weight off the wheels. You can do this with a floor jack and some jack stands. Refer to your owner’s manual to see how to do this properly for your specific vehicle!
Once the vehicle is suspended, start on your front brakes. Use your 22mm socket to remove the lugnuts and then take off the wheel. You now have access to the brake pads!
Take your small screwdriver or punch and push the two visible pins, which are on either side of the front, out through the back of the mechanism. This can be done with a hammer by tapping on the tool.
Next, remove the 13mm bolt from its housing. The pin attached to it should come off with it as well. Set them both aside.
The clip is now fully exposed. So you can push it down with your fingers, allowing you to remove the two pins on either side of it that are keeping it in place. Before removing the clip completely, take note of its orientation. You’ll need to put this back facing the exact same way!
Next, grab the two ears (pads) on either side of the brakes and slide them out. You may have to squeeze and tussle with this a bit, but you’ll get them!
You can now put in your two new pads. If you’re having trouble getting them in, reach inside the housing and push in the pistons while you try to place the pads. It’s quite snug in there!
Now you can start placing things back! Start with your clip and top pin, then put in the center bolt, followed by the bottom pin of the clip. Tap the pins into place while guiding them with your fingers to make sure they settle in the right spots. Then tighten up that center bolt!
The rear brakes are slightly easier! They follow the exact same process, but there’s no center bolt for these ones, so you can skip that step!
And once you finish the rear set, that’s it! Another at-home job well-done!