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Things your should know about your brakes

Written By : Sun Fiji News. It’s a costly business maintaining your brakes. Save your precious pounds by learning this simple DIY technique for changing your brake disc pads. When
04 Nov 2008 12:00

Written By : Sun Fiji News. It’s a costly business maintaining your brakes. Save your precious pounds by learning this simple DIY technique for changing your brake disc pads.
When to change
If you hear a nasty grinding noise every time you stop, waste no time – the pads need changing now.
Warning signs
Some cars have warning lights that will tell you when the pads are worn. Others have little viewing holes that let you see the condition of the pads without stripping the brakes right down.
How to change your brake pads
1. Jack the vehicle up; make sure you use an axle to keep the car supported.
2. Unbolt the calipers and swing them free, then remove the clips holding the pads in place and wriggle them out.
3. Inspect the disc. If there’s any scoring, you need to get that replaced too.
4. Push the calipers back into place so they can slip back over the new, thicker pads. A G-clamp, applied gently, is ideal for this.
5. However, first take the top off the brake fluid reservoir to give the pressure you create in the system somewhere to escape. Keep a careful eye on the fluid level as you tighten the clamp – overflowing could be dangerous.
6. With the assembly all back together, you can do the same on the other side of the car – only ever replace brake pads and discs in pairs.
Try to avoid heavy braking for the first hundred miles to let the brakes ‘bed in’. They might feel a little snatchy at first but that will soon go.



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