How to replace your car's brake pads?

Brake pads are part of a car's security features you have to check regularly and replace when worn. Here are some tutorials to help you repair your vehicle.

Practical tips:

  • The average cost for brake pads replacement goes from £60 up to £140, according to the type of vehicle.
  • Front brake pads replacement: between 10,000 and 20,000 miles.
  • Rear brake pads replacement: between 20,000 and 30,000 miles.
  • Brake fluid replacement: 2 years or 20,000 miles.
  • It's recommended to drain the brake fluid when changing the brake's pads and discs.
  • Check the brake pads compatibility with the car.

How to Replace Your Car's Brake Pads


  • An Allen key
  • A piece of wire
  • Grease
  • A G-clamp

Key steps:

  1. Remove brake caliper.
  2. Use the piece of wire to hang the loose caliper.
  3. Remove the old brake pads and replace them with the new ones.
  4. Check the brake discs to make sure they don't need to be changed.
  5. Put some grease between the hub and the discs; grease the caliper pins too.
  6. Put the new brake pads in place, then the caliper.

How to Replace Front Brakes, Pads and Rotors


  • A screwdriver
  • Ratchet wrenches
  • A breaker bar
  • Brake cleaner
  • A brake pad tool
  • Grease
  • Heavy duty Silicon
  • Brake pads
  • Brake rotors

Key steps:

  1. Take the brake pads off.
  2. Disconnect the caliper to get access to the rotor.
  3. Slide the old disc off and replace with a new one.
  4. Remove the coating off the disc with brake cleaner.
  5. Put the caliper back.
  6. Compress the two pistons as explained in the video.
  7. Use silicon to grease the guide pins.
  8. Install the new brake pads.
  9. Make sure the brake pads are against the rotor and that the pistons are collapsed.
  10. Close and screw the caliper.

How to Change Disc Brake Pads


  • A ratchet
  • Brake cleaner
  • A G-clamp
  • Brakes
  • Brake grease
  • A tyre iron
  • A jack

Key steps:

  1. Lift the car with the jack and take the tyre off.
  2. Remove the caliper by unscrewing its two bolts.
  3. Remove the old brake pads.
  4. Clean the brakes and the caliper's piston. Let dry.
  5. Use an old brake pad and the G-clamp to push the piston back to its original place.
  6. Put a little grease on the part of the brake pad that touches the caliper.
  7. Make sure to remove any trace of grease from your hand then install the new brake pads.
  8. Install the caliper and tighten its bolts.
  9. Put the tyre back on.
  10. Once you've changed all the brake pads, get in the car and pump the brakes until they're firm to the touch.

This article to learn how to replace your car's brake pads was written by Cécile Lessard

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