Changing the Brake Discs of Your Car


Perhaps one of the most vital parts of your car, the braking mechanism is the one that keeps you safe while driving. Even a small issue with your brake can prove to be deadly, if it happens at the wrong time. Let's assume you noticed that the brake's caliper is sticking out just a little bit. At first glance, it doesn't really seem to be a big problem, right? Sure, the brakes may become warmer and the brake pads will wear out quicker, but it's not actually dangerous, is it? Sure it is! A caliper that sticks out will keep doing so, even if you don't notice it right away. Here's how you can change the brake disc of your car.

Step 1: Remove the Wheel

To access the brake disc of your vehicle, you must take off the wheel. To do that, you must use a jack stand in order to lift the vehicle up. Once you've made sure that your vehicle is fully supported by the jack stand, start loosening the lug bolts one by one, and simply slide the wheel out once all the bolts are loosened.

With the wheel removed, you can see the braking components, especially the caliper and the carrier. These must be removed in order to be able to replace the disc.

Step 2: Remove the Caliper

When looking to remove the caliper, don't be gentle! This is something a lot of people struggle with, simply because they're afraid of using too much force. The truth is, the screws that hold together the caliper and the disc must be tightened extremely hard in order for them to be able to handle the full braking power.

Get a head screwdriver (a star-shaped screwdriver), and insert it into the screw set of the brake disc. Use a hammer to firmly tap on the back of the screwdriver in order to set the head deep into the screws. If there's any corrosion between the bolts and the caliper, firm taps with the hammer will loosen it and make it easier for you to remove the caliper.

Step 3: Install the brand new disc!

With the caliper removed, slide the old brake disc off and place your shiny new one in the same spot! Put the caliper back (making sure to tighten down the bolts as hard as you can), and then put the wheel back in. It's also a good idea to make sure your braking fluid is filled to the brim, at this point, to make sure that your system won't run dry!

For more information or assistance, contact a brake service in your area,


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