Is Front Brake Pad Replacement Easy to Do at Home?

Replacing front brake pads is easy to do at home, provided you have the necessary tools to complete the job. You need a large C-clamp, a complete ratchet set, a torque wrench, a car jack and sturdy jack stands.

Begin the brake job by jacking the car up on a flat surface. Place jack stands along the frame of the car. Next, remove the tire. Loosen the bleeder screw on the back of the caliper. Use the C-clamp to squeeze the caliper loose. Next, take out the old pads. They should pop out either by hand or with a flat-head screwdriver. Set in the new pads. Then, put the assembly back together. Be sure that the bolts are tightened to the torque specifications according to the user manual. Have a partner help bleed the brakes. Finally, replace the tire, and bring the car back to the surface.