You can replace the brake pads in your car if you can keep certain tips in mind as you perform that brake repair exercise. This article discusses some handy tips that you can implement in order to ensure that your project will be successful.
Deactivate the ABS System
Many newer cars now come equipped with anti-lock braking systems. The ABS system in such a car can automatically activate itself while you are removing the old brake pads. This activation can result in injuries to your fingers in case it happens when your fingers are in the space between the brake pads and the brake rotors. Locate and remove the fuse controlling the electrical power used by the ABS system so that you prevent this risk.
Use Safety Stands
You should also never work on the brake system when the car is supported by the jack alone. The jack can fail and the car will come down on any part of your body that is in its way. Don't take any avoidable risks; support the weight of the car on two safety stands so that the jack doesn't overwork.
Support the Calipers
Some inexperienced car owners unwittingly damage the hydraulic hoses that are attached to the brake calipers as they replace the brake pads. This damage occurs when those people leave the calipers to hang under the support of the hoses attached to them. The hoses are stretched by the weight of the calipers to the extent that they can develop microscopic tears. Those tears later widen and the hose starts leaking. Avoid this problem by placing the calipers on a suspension component so that the weight of the caliper isn't borne by the hoses.
Pump the Brakes
Never drive off after replacing the brake pads if you haven't pumped the brakes to make the pedal firm. Only drive the vehicle once the pedal is firm. Even then, refrain from braking hard during the first few hundred miles that you drive after replacing the brake pads. Brake gradually so that the brake pads are broken in gently. You may need to tweak the installation of the pads in case they don't appear to be working properly shortly after the installation.
Each car model or make has specific steps that one must follow when removing the old brake pads. Follow the right steps for your car so that you avoid damaging other components during the repair process. Consult brake repair professionals in case the brake pads on your car keep wearing out before the expected time.