We all know that brake pads wear out depending on how you ride. The more hard braking you do in a trip, the faster wear occurs. For some motorists, changing brake pads once a year is a completely normal procedure, like changing a gas filter or regularly charging a battery.
In this article, we will look at the principle of replacing brake pads on our own.
In most car manuals, this moment is necessarily considered, but, unfortunately, this manual is not always at hand, and it does not always contain the necessary information. The easiest option is, of course, to contact a technical service, but there are not always funds for such a service, and besides, not everyone trusts such a thing as an outsider.
A good motorist always repairs his car himself and provides scheduled maintenance.
And so, if you began to notice that when you press the brake pedal, your car does not stop immediately, or does not stop at all, there may be several reasons. One of them is brake pad wear.
The hardest part about changing brake pads is removing the wheel if you haven’t already. You can even say that for an ignorant person – this is the worst thing. However, once you start, you will quickly realize that this difficulty is a bit exaggerated.
Do not remove all wheels at once. In this case, for example, if you can’t assemble one wheel, you can always remove the second one and see how everything works there.
Now you need to pull out one caliper bolt and take it along the axis of your car. After that, the block can be removed.
If you added brake fluid during operation, you should suck some of it out of the reservoir. This can be done with a large syringe or enema.
Installing new pads is not difficult. To begin with, drown the caliper pistons all the way, for example, with a screwdriver, and then insert new pads into place.
As you can see, these manipulations are very simple. As a rule, it will take you a lot of time for the first wheel, but you will cope with the second one much faster.
But that’s not all. The brakes need to be pumped a little by adding brake fluid to the reservoir and depressing the brake pedal intensively. If the liquid is stable at the level, you can put it on the wheels and make a test drive.
It is worth noting that the first braking will be very ineffective, so do not drive hard. Very soon, the pads will rub in, and braking will be as required. However, it does not hurt to run the car a little. For lovers of fast driving, it is recommended not to force for the first few days.