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  • Hey guys, ChrisFix here and today i'm

  • going to show you how to replace your

  • brake pads and rotors on your car or

  • your truck. And we'll be replacing the

  • brake pads on my mustang which is

  • perfect, because the brake setup on this

  • car is going to be similar, if not

  • identical, to most other makes and models.

  • And this video is going to be a complete

  • guide so if you're a beginner and you've

  • never changed the brakes before, after

  • watching this video you'll know

  • everything you need to do to be able to

  • replace the brakes yourself. This is also

  • a good guide for a refresher if you've

  • done brakes before or if you're an

  • expert.

  • I'm gonna be including tips and tricks

  • to anyone watching could perform a

  • complete and thorough brake job. And the

  • last thing i want to say for everybody

  • who's doing this for the first time,

  • don't be afraid to change your own

  • breaks! I know the most nerve-racking

  • thing is the fear that if you do

  • something wrong you're not gonna have

  • brakes to stop your car, but let me tell

  • you. The brake systems on cars are

  • actually pretty simple and it's hard to

  • mess up, so give it a shot. You're going

  • to save a ton of money, you're going to

  • learn something new and you're going to

  • feel proud that you're able to fix your

  • own car. And before we begin I want to

  • thank Advanced Auto for helping out and

  • supplying the brake pads and rotors for

  • the video. Alright! So let's begin.

  • The tools I'll be using for this job are all

  • common hand tools. You need a simple

  • socket set, a breaker bar, a torque wrench,

  • a metal wire brush, and the only

  • specialized tool is this brake piston

  • compressor which is inexpensive and you

  • can pick this up when you pick up your

  • brake pads and rotors. And i also want to

  • include: have a large hammer like this

  • which will help knock the rotors off if

  • they're stuck. And also have a pry bar or

  • flat head screwdriver like this which

  • will help pry open the caliper. You're

  • also going to need to get your tires off

  • the ground, so i'll be using a jack and

  • jack stands. And those are all the tools

  • you're going to need. As for consumables

  • you're gonna need some copper anti-seize,

  • silicon paste, brake cleaner and thread

  • locker. And finally you'll need some

  • brake pads and rotors. I prefer getting

  • ceramic brake pads, they are a little

  • more expensive but they have less dust

  • and they tend to last longer compared to

  • the semi-metallic pads. And make sure

  • when you get your brake pads

  • it includes the brake hardware which is

  • important for doing the complete brake

  • job. And for rotors i like using a

  • regular blank rotor. While drilled and

  • slotted rotors are nice they will eat up

  • your brake pads a lot quicker so for the

  • street this is perfect. And that's all

  • you need, so let's begin!!

  • There are four simple steps to changing

  • your brake pads and rotors.

  • First you want to safely lift

  • the car off the ground and then remove

  • the wheel. Second remove the brake pads

  • unbolt the caliper and remove the rotor.

  • Third put the new rotor on, reattach the

  • caliper and install the new brake pads.

  • And then fourth, put the wheel on, lower

  • the car to the ground and go test those brakes.

  • So let's get started!

  • Since we're replacing the front brakes,

  • the first thing you're going to want to

  • do is lift the front end off the ground,

  • but before we do that, you're going to

  • want to grab your wheel chock, in this

  • case i'm using a piece of wood, and

  • chock off the rear wheel so your car

  • won't move. And before we left the tires

  • off the ground we want to crack all the

  • lug nuts so they're loose, because if

  • you're trying to do this with the tires

  • off the ground, the wheels just gonna

  • spin. If you're not sure where to jack up

  • your car from, go check out the owners

  • manual. In here they give you

  • instructions and show you exactly where

  • they recommend you jack the car up from.

  • Since you replace brake pads in pairs,

  • we're gonna be doing both front brake

  • pads, so I like jacking the car from the

  • middle so both tires raise up at the

  • same time. And the best way to lift up

  • both front tires is by jacking it up

  • from the front crossmember. This is a

  • thick piece of metal and supports the

  • whole front suspension. And with the car

  • in the air

  • slide your jack stand underneath the car

  • and I try to just stick my arms

  • underneath the car when i moved the jack

  • stand. Don't put your whole body under

  • the car. You don't want to be under the

  • car until the car is securely set onto

  • the jack stands. Now we're looking for a

  • place to put your jack stands.

  • This right here is the floorboard. If you

  • put it here, your jack will go right

  • through the floor into your car. What

  • you're looking for, is you want to find a

  • thick piece of metal frame just like

  • this right here and you can find the

  • same exact spot on the other side. And

  • after both jack stands are in place

  • slowly lower the car down so that the

  • jack stands securely support the car. And

  • just add some backup,

  • I like to set up the jack so there's

  • some light pressure on that cross member.

  • And the last thing I like to do is give

  • the car a good shake and make sure that

  • it's stable and doesn't move. And with

  • the car safely lifted off the ground we

  • could remove the lug nuts and remove the

  • wheel. And another thing I like to do for

  • extra safety is slide that wheel

  • underneath the frame. That way in

  • worst-case scenario you have something

  • solid there and the car won't drop all

  • the way down.

  • Alright! So now we have access to our

  • brakes so now we want to remove the old

  • brake pads and our old rotor and in

  • order to do that we need to get access

  • to the bolt behind the caliper here. But

  • we want to work with the car

  • and make the job that much easier. So get

  • in the car and turn the steering wheel

  • so the bolts to the caliper are more

  • accessible. And now it's that much easier

  • to get to the bolts. The first thing

  • we're going to do is we're going to

  • remove the brake pads and in order to do

  • that we're going to go and remove this

  • bolt right down here which is going to

  • allow our caliper to pivot upward like a

  • clamshell. Then we could pull the pads out.

  • Normally these bolts use a regular

  • socket but in this case we have a torx

  • bolt, so we're using a T50 torx. And I

  • start off with a breaker bar every time

  • just so you can break these bolts loose

  • easily. And then once you use your

  • breaker bar to break the bolt loose, you

  • can use a regular ratchet to loosen it

  • up the rest of the way and it'll come

  • right out. And you can see the blue

  • loctite on the thread so we'll be sure

  • to add some when we screw this in later on

  • Now we could pry open our caliper which

  • might take a little force, and then

  • remove our old brake pads and they'll

  • come right out just like that.

  • So for this brake caliper we just had to

  • remove that one bolt right down here, but

  • on other brake calipers there's also

  • another bolt right up here that you

  • could remove to take this whole

  • clamshell off. In this case all you have

  • to do is lift this up like that and the

  • caliper slides right out. And with the

  • caliper removed you don't want the

  • caliper to just dangle by the brake line

  • because that's how you damage your brake

  • line. So, instead, you want to try to find

  • a place to put your caliper where it's out

  • of the way and there's no pressure on

  • the brake line. If you don't have a nice

  • place to leave the brake caliper like that

  • you could also use a bungee cord or rope

  • or something to hang it up. All right!

  • Next, we want to remove this caliper

  • bracket so we could pull the old brake

  • rotor off, and to remove the caliper

  • bracket we want to go behind the knuckle

  • and you can see there's a bolt right up

  • here and a bolt right down here holding

  • this bracket in, that we need to remove,

  • In this case it's a 15mm bolt,

  • and again start off with your breaker

  • bar so you can easily break these loose.

  • These are going to be the tightest bolts,

  • so they're going to be the toughest to

  • break loose and again after we're done

  • cracking the bolts loose with our

  • breaker bar, we could loosen them the

  • rest of the way with are shorter ratchet.

  • And that's one and that will remove the

  • bottom with no bolts holding it in, the

  • caliper bracket slides right out.

  • Now we're going to remove the brake

  • rotor and you want to make sure that the

  • brake rotor isn't being held in by a

  • screw. In this case there's nothing

  • holding it in,

  • so you could try wiggling it off but

  • just as i figured it's rusted to the hub.

  • So to remove the rotor we're going to be

  • using a large hammer and you want to use

  • a pretty good amount of

  • force and hit the outside edge of the

  • rotor spinning the rotor as you go, until

  • it breaks loose.

  • Just like that. And if you take a look at the

  • back of the rotor you could see it's all

  • rusty in here, which just rust wields

  • itself right to the hub. Now with our old

  • rotor off we want this surface right

  • here to be smooth and relatively

  • rust-free. Doesn't have to be perfect but

  • we want a good flat surface, so grab your

  • metal wire brush or sandpaper and start

  • removing the rust from the hub surface.

  • It's also a good idea to use eye

  • protection and a dust mask while you're

  • doing this. You want to have a smooth

  • surface for your new brake rotor, so come

  • out flush against the hub. And after we

  • sand the whole surface we want to grab a

  • bucket, grab our brake cleaner and spray

  • it down. And since we're cleaning things

  • up, now's a good time to clean up our

  • caliper bracket. Awesome! With everything

  • sanded down we could add our new brakes.

  • But you guys know how I like to go over

  • the top with my cars, so I cleaned up the

  • suspension a little bit, so i just

  • removed all the grease,