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.


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)


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