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Changing Brake Pads yourself–manuals and video tutorials

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Changing Brake Pads: video tutorials

Most viewed video tutorials on the installation of Brake Pads

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    How to replace rear brake pads on OPEL CORSA C TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
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    How to replace front brake discs and front brake pads on VW PASSAT CC 1 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
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    How to replace rear brake discs and rear brake pads on VW PASSAT CC 1 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
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    How to change a rear brake pads FORD FOCUS 3 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
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    How to replace rear brake discs and rear brake pads on PEUGEOT 307 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • How to solve the problem with MITSUBISHI rear and front Brake pad set disc brake: video guide
    How to replace rear brake discs and brake pads MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER 1 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • front and rear Brake pad set replacement diy - online video
    How to replace front brake discs and front brake pads on BMW 5 E60 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • Installation Disk pads yourself video instruction on MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS
    How to replace rear brake discs and brake pads MERCEDES-BENZ C W204 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • How and when to replace Brake pad set rear and front VW PASSAT Variant (3B5): video tutorial
    How to replace front brake discs and front brake pads on VW PASSAT B5+ TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • Remove rear and front online instructions
    How to replace rear brake discs and rear brake pads on VW PASSAT B6 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • Tips for changing Brake pad set disc brake FORD
    How to change a front brake discs and front brake pads FORD FOCUS 3 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • How to solve the problem with MERCEDES-BENZ rear and front Brake pad set disc brake: video guide
    How to replace front brake discs and front brake pads on MERCEDES-BENZ S W221 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • How to change a rear brake discs and rear brake pads on MERCEDES-BENZ S W220 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
    How to change a rear brake discs and rear brake pads on MERCEDES-BENZ S W220 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • How to replace front brake pads MERCEDES-BENZ E W211 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
    How to replace front brake pads MERCEDES-BENZ E W211 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • How to replace rear brake discs and rear brake pads on TOYOTA COROLLA E120 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
    How to replace rear brake discs and rear brake pads on TOYOTA COROLLA E120 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
  • How to replace front brake discs and front brake pads on FORD FOCUS 2 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
    How to replace front brake discs and front brake pads on FORD FOCUS 2 TUTORIAL | AUTODOC
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Brake Pads: frequently asked questions about replacement

How often should brake pads be changed?

Inspect the brake system components every 10,000 km. Note whether there is metal dust on the brake pads. This is a sign they are severely worn. In most cases, the brake pads of the front axle need to be changed every 25,000–40,000 km and those of the rear axle every 40,000–60,000 km. If the thickness of the components reaches the minimum limit specified in the car’s service manual, they have to be replaced as soon as possible. The need to install new parts is also indicated by a wear sensor if they are equipped with one, a rasping noise when braking, increased braking distance, or excessive travel or vibration of the brake pedal.

Do I need to change all the brake pads at a time?

Brake pads need to be replaced as a set on an axle. This will ensure the highest braking performance. New components are pressed against the disc more firmly and stop the wheel faster. Installing them on one side only leads to impaired roadholding.

Can I replace brake pads myself?

Yes, you can. Before getting down to work, check out our PDF and video tutorials, and take care to look at the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need the following tools: a lug nut impact socket, ratchet wrench, torque wrench, tyre lever, brake caliper wind-back tool, combination wrench, pin punch, hammer and round-nose pliers. To prepare for the job, be sure to have the following: wheel chocks, a jack, and a wing cover to protect the paintwork. As for automotive chemicals, a brake cleaner spray, copper grease, and brake anti-squeal paste are required. Remember to wear a respirator, protective gloves, and goggles.