How to Replace Your Brake Pads

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					How to Replace Your Brake Pads
There are a lot of different kinds of cars out there, but most of them
have the same steps to changing their brake pads. Today we are going to
talk about how to change brake pads on the most popular Toyota cars. A
lot of people do not like to spend the money to get their Toyota
Highlander some new brakes, because it costs a lot to go to a shop to do
that. However, when you are driving something like a Highlander, you want
to keep the brakes in tip top shape. That is why it could be a good idea
to learn how to do it yourself. The brake pads are not the easiest thing
to change on a car, but most of the time, people seem not to have too
hard of a time with it.
Steps to Changing Your Toyota Brake Pads
First of all, you need to jack up your car, and make sure that it is
supported. This is because you are going to have to take your wheels off
to be able to change out your brake pads. The first thing you will need
to do is to take a screwdriver and remove your wheel cover. If you do not
have a hub cap, then you can move on. After taking off the cover, you
will need to take your wheel off by using your lug wrench. Most of the
time, cars will come with this. After doing this, you will notice that
your caliper, as well as your brake rotor, are now exposed.
From here you can take out the pins or the bolts using your socket
wrench. After doing this, you can simply lift the caliper off and away
from your brake rotor. Please note that you should not allow the caliper
to just hang by its rubber brake hose. Doing this can cause a lot of
damage to your caliper. At this point, you may want to inspect your
rotors to see if they need to be replaced as well. Check for cracks, as
well as any kind of gouges, that could be in it. After checking that, you
will want to remove the worn out brake pads from the caliper, which you
have not left hanging, right? You will need to remove both of the brake
pads that are on the caliper. One is called the inboard and one is called
the outboard.
After removing the worn out pads you can put the new ones on. You have to
be sure to install the pads on the correct side of the caliper. A good
way to tell if you are putting them on the right side is to check to make
sure that your outboard is the pad that has a wear sensor on it. This is
the thing that sounds really bad whenever your brake pads are almost
gone. After putting them on the right side, then you can add back in the
clips and all the pins. Sometimes it can be hard to get the pad into
place. Do not be afraid to wiggle it into place if you have to. Then you
simply just reverse everything that you did. Put back on your rotor if
you took it off, and then reinstall your caliper to its mount spot. Make
sure everything is tightened and secure as well.
Finishing the Job
After doing all of that, you can put your wheel back on and tighten it
securely. Then put your wheel cover back on and lower your car down to
the ground. Before you start driving, it is a good idea to turn your car
on and pump your brakes a few times to reset your calipers piston. When
it is fully set, you will notice that the brake will become harder to
press. When you first go to press it, you may notice that it is very lose
feeling and your foot goes all the way to the floor. However, after a few
good pumps on the brake pedal, you should be good to go.
Mantius Cazaubon is a successful author and publisher of Toyota Parts
Buyers Guide A resource which includes information on Discount Auto Parts
and Do It Yourself Auto Repair

				
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