Secrets to a Great Brake Job
- Be sure the vehicle is safe. Use the proper jack or lift, safety stands and wheel chocks.
- Remove the master cylinder cap. Be careful, brake fluid can ruin paint.
- Loosen but don’t remove the lug nuts before lifting the vehicle.
- Take pictures so you know how everything goes back together.
- Once the wheel is off, use one lug nut to secure the rotor. Use a hook or strap to support the caliper.
- Remove the old pads and inspect for unusual wear.
- Push the pistons back out of the way. The old pad and a c-clamp often work. Do not damage the piston seals.
- Install the new pads. If the inner and outer pads are different, be sure to install the new ones correctly.
- Use the new parts in the hardware kit. Some hardware kits may include extra parts for additional applications.
- Keep the rotor and pads clean and grease-free. New rotors should be washed in soap & water before installing. Installed rotors can be cleaned with aerosol brake cleaner.
- Re-install the wheel, lower the vehicle and replace the master cylinder cap.
- Tighten the lug nuts to the proper torque with a torque wrench.
- With the vehicle in Park, pump the brake pedal to extend the pistons until the pedal feels firm.
- Make a few low speed, safe stops to ensure everything is working. TEK-MOTIVE pads do not require extensive break-in.
Share your tips & tricks in a review and we will include them in future “Secrets”