How To Change Brake Pads
Keeping your car healthy and out on the roads of Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi, MS, requires a certain amount routine maintenance checks and services, one of those being changing your brake pads when it comes time.
Here at Pat Peck Honda, we know how important it is to keep up with your brake inspections and replacements, which is why we’ve created a handy guide on when and how to change brake pads.
How Do I Change My Brake Pads?
To get started with changing your brake pads you’re going to need the right tools, which includes ratchets, breaker bar, sockets, assorted wrenches, torx sockets, C-Clamp, jack stands, pry bar, wire brush, gloves, and WD-40. You’ll also need to purchase brake pads and rotors.
The first step is then going to be to raise your car and loosen the lugs and caliper. Then you’re going to remove the caliper and rotor and install a new rotor. Then you’re going to assemble the carrier and compress the caliper and install the brake pads and caliper.
Finally, you’ll replace the wheel, and repeat that on the final 3 wheels. Be sure to pump the brakes until pressure is reached and then you’re good to go!
When Do I Change My Brake Pads?
Before we dive into how to change your brake pads, you have to understand when it’s required.
Your brake pad life span is going to vary depending on your vehicle, but typically you’ll need your brake pads changed when your car reaches about 50,000 miles on the odometer. For some vehicles, you might need them changed earlier at 40,000 miles, or they can potentially last up to about 65,000 miles.
Signs You Need New Brake Pads
Besides your mileage, there are a few other tell-tale signs you’re going to need new brake pads.
- Brake Warning Light
One of the most obvious is if your brake warning light turns on. This also could mean you’re just due for an inspection, but either way, you’re going to want to get your car in the shop to get checked out.
- Grinding Noises
Another sign is if you hear squeaking, squealing, and high-pitched grinding noises when you put pressure on the brakes. If you here these noises it is important not to drive, because you could potentially cause major damage to your rotor.
- Leaking Fluid and Burning Smell
Another way to determine if your brakes are faulty is to check for leaking fluid or a burning smell while you’re driving.
- Vehicle Pulling
Finally, if you notice your vehicle pulling to one side as you brake, it’s definitely time to get your brakes inspected because that could mean your brake hose has gone bad or there might be a caliper problem.
Come On By Our Reliable Service Center!
Here at Pat Peck Honda, we’re dedicated to helping the drivers of Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi, MS, keep your car healthy and in premium condition so it can be your partner for years to come. We’d be happy to help you with all your brake pad and inspection needs.
For more information or to schedule your next maintenance service appointment, give us a call or stop by our service center today!