How to: Change Brake Pads and Rotors

Changing the pads and rotors on most front-wheel-drive cars is not terribly difficult. However, it’s important to keep in mind that all cars are designed differently. Have a shop manual for your vehicle on hand, and only change the pads and rotors on one side of the car at a time so you can use the other side as a reference.

WHAT YOU NEED

Jack and jack stands

Safety gloves and eye protection

New pads and rotors

Torque wrench and socket

Tools to remove the caliper and caliper mount

Disc brake spreader or a C-clamp and block of wood

Brake assembly grease

Turkey baster (if needed)

000.jpg

Get Auto Repair and Maintenance now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.