If you drive safely, be sure to always keep in good condition the brake pads of your car. These parts are responsible for breaking the wheels and therefore the entire vehicle. If you are not in good condition, the chances of an accident increase exponentially. When change is another matter, there is no specific time limit as it depends on the type of driving you practice, the areas for traveling or if you are a driver or city road. It is advisable to check your status every 20,000 miles or so. If that time has come, pay attention to the following tips on how to change the brake pads on your car.
First make sure that, indeed, it is time to change them. The brake pads are used to press the brake disc and the friction necessary to cause the wheel and therefore the vehicle stops. These pills are under a coating and a metal support, with each braking loses consistency. When they are too worn, do not exert the necessary pressure on the brake disc and the car loses effectiveness when braking, a very dangerous situation when driving.
Today, most cars have lights that will indicate the status of the pads and the brake fluid level. If, however, your car is a bit older, you have to remove the wheel yourself and check the thickness of the pads. If indeed it is worn, it is time to change them.
First, you have to raise the car to remove the wheel with which we will work. To do this, we will use the cat and to facilitate our work, you should have turned the steering wheel to the car we are going to manipulate. Once done, we will use a key to unpin the wheel to access the pads.
Once the tire is withdrawn, be it the brake system, consisting of the disk, caliper and pads.
To open the brake caliper and pads access, we’ll use a spanner or screwdriver to remove the two screws holding it and to take it out. Thus, we have gained access to the pills.
Will extract the old pads and replace it with a brand that can be purchased at any parts store. Once introduced into your site, you need to compress and set the brake piston to fit them, and once done, re-close the clamp and tighten the two screws. We already have the new pads ready to roll.
Now you can re-position the tire in place and repeat the same operation on the remaining three wheels. Advantage that we have changed the pads, check the level of brake fluid and before a journey, with the car still standing, step a few times the brake pedal to the pistons are placed in the correct position until you feel the brake gets hard.