To install a brake pad, remove the wheel and brake caliper, and replace any old pads with new ones. Reconfigure the compression of the brake piston with a C-clamp against the back of the caliper.
- Loosen the lug bolts
Use a lug wrench to loosen the lug bolts of the wheel.
- Place the car on jack stands
Lift the car, and secure it on jack stands.
- Remove each wheel
Remove the lug bolts from the wheel, and remove the wheel altogether.
- Remove the bolts from the brake caliper
Use a socket wrench with a hex bit or a hex wrench to remove the two bolts on the backside of the caliper.
- Hang the caliper safely
Secure a bungee cord to a suspension component near the wheel, and secure the caliper to the bungee cord.
- Remove the old pads
Set aside the metal clips that hold the old pads in, and remove the pads.
- Install the new pads
Replace any old pads with the new ones, and move the metal clips back into place.
- Secure the C-clamp
Place the flat side of the clamp against the back side of the caliper. Place the other side of the clamp against the piston.
- Tighten the clamp
Turn the screw of the clamp slowly, and wait for the piston to move enough so the caliper slides over the brake pad easily.
- Re-bolt the caliper
Remove the clamp and bungee cord, and then return the bolts to the caliper.
- Test the brake pressure
Press on the brake pedal to test the pressure.
- Return the wheel
Replace the wheel. Tighten the lug bolts, and then return the vehicle to ground level.