A Quick Guide to Changing Your Vehicle’s Brake Pads at Home

December 14th, 2016 by

Are you on a crunch for time, stuck to a strict budget, or just wanting to learn more about the inner workings of your vehicle? In that case, changing your car’s brake pads from the comfort of your own home may just be the perfect DIY project to add to your list. It may sound intimidating at first, but with the right tools, a bit of patience, and the reasonably priced parts at Commonwealth Kia, you’ll be a brake pad changing pro in no time!

What You’ll Need

Before you can start the process of changing your brake pads, you’ll need to make sure that you are in possession of a handful of very important tools and parts. Many of the tools should be available at your local auto shop or hardware store. You can also buy quality parts for the job from dealerships like Commonwealth Kia. Below is a quick overview of the tools that you’ll need to get the job done:

Fixing Brakes

  • Assortment of ratchets
  • Breaker bar
  • Assorted sockets
  • Open-end wrenches
  • Torx sockets
  • Hex sockets
  • C-clamp
  • Hydraulic jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wire brush
  • WD-40
  • Pry Bar

The Process

Before getting started, please note that the following is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to changing your brake pads on your own but instead an outline to show how simple the steps are. For more detailed information about the process, visit Commonwealth Kia’s service department, and we’ll be happy to help you! For those ready to get down to business, the step-by-step breakdown of changing your brake pads is as follows:

  1. Remove the wheel.
  2. Remove the slider bolt.
  3. Pivot the caliper up.
  4. Slide out the old brake pads.
  5. Replace the retaining clips.
  6. Slid in the new brake pads.
  7. Retract the pistons.
  8. Monitor the brake fluid level.
  9. Reposition the caliper.
  10. Reinstall the slider bolt.
  11. Repeat for the other side of the vehicle.

Get Parts at a Great Price

While your Kia Forte safety features can help you avoid an accident, it’s still necessary to keep your brakes in top shape. If you’re ready to get started on your new project, then come on down to Commonwealth Kia, or visit us online to learn more about purchasing parts and our current parts specials.

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