When your car is in need of maintenance, it usually has a pretty good way of letting you know. For example, when your car needs new brake pads, you will begin to hear squealing, screeching, and grinding when you use the brakes. Another sign that you need new brake pads could be the feeling of vibration when you press on the brake pedal. If these signs seem all too familiar, it’s likely that you need car brake pad replacements.
Should you replace your brake pads yourself?
As a car owner, the thought of more maintenance is dreadful – especially when you’re trying to budget and save money. At Toyota of Clermont, we want to make sure you don’t neglect your car, but we want to help you save money. So you can accomplish both, our Orlando Toyota Service technicians have put together a step-by-step guide on how to change brake pads so you can save money by changing them yourself! However, before you decide to do a DIY brake pad replacement in Orlando, consider these questions:
- Do you have all of the correct equipment? If not, it may cost you just as much (or less) to have your brake pads replaced at an auto service center than it would to purchase all of the tools needed and do it yourself.
- Are you comfortable working on your car? It does require some experience and automotive knowledge to be able to successfully replace your brake pads without risking the working condition of your car.
How to replace brake pads in Orlando
If you’re up to the task of replacing the brake pads of your car yourself, you should first start by gathering everything you need from our Toyota Parts Center in Orlando:
- Lug wrench
- Jack stand
- Socket wrench
- New brake pads
- Piece of wire or bungee cord
After you gathered the materials and tools needed, it’s time to get started on your DIY brake pad change! After your car has cooled down completely:
- Loosen the lug nuts on your tire using the lug wrench.
- Jack the car up several inches off of the ground. Once safely lifted up, finish removing the wheel.
- To gain better access to the brakes, turn the steering wheel and angle the wheels. Once you’re able to reach the brakes easily, remove the brake caliper. Use the socket wrench to remove the slider bolts that are holding the caliper together.
- Be careful to place the caliper somewhere so that the hose (the brake line) doesn’t disconnect. Use a wire of bungee cord to support the caliper.
- Remove the old brake pads, while making note of how they were put in and which direction they faced.
- Replace with new brake pads. Put the caliper back together, reinstalling the slide bolts. Put your wheel back on, tightening the lug nuts. Slowly bring your car back down to the ground and remove the jack stand.
- Take your car for a short drive, somewhere safe, to test out your new brake pads!
Our Orlando Toyota Service technicians suggest replacing the brake pads behind both of your front wheels because they tend to wear out at the same time, and before your rear disc brakes.
If you have questions or want to leave the brake pad replacements to the professionals, give our Orlando Toyota Service Center a call at (407) 298-4500!