Car brakes are some of the most vital parts of your car. Brakes if you didn’t know, stop your car, and if you can’t stop you will easily crash. Thankfully, brakes are fairly simple and can easily be monitored and maintained from your own garage.
When Should I Replace my Brakes?
Most brakes have a built-in monitor to tell you when your brakes need to be replaced. You will hear a high pitched metallic squeal every time you stop. But on top of that, you can take off your wheel and manually inspect the rotors for warping, and even measure the brake pad thickness yourself.
How to Replace my Brakes?
- Take off your wheel
This can easily be done as long as you have a jack stand. After you jack up your car, you can use a lug wrench to remove the lug nuts on your wheel, giving you access to your brakes and rotors.
- Take off caliper/rotor
If you have decided that you need to replace both your caliper and rotor, then you need to take the caliper completely off. You might need a breaker bar to get the lug nuts off and rotate the caliper off. Make sure that you don’t break the brake fluid line as it can lead to more repairs on top of dumping corrosive brake fluid all over you and your car. You can then hammer the rotor off.
- Put on new parts and reassemble
Now it is just a simple swap of parts. Clean the new brake rotors with brake cleaner to remove the rotor of any contaminants. Now just reassemble the parts together and put the wheel back on and you’re all done!