1. DIY Car Care: Replacing Your Brake Pads

    Replacing your brake pads isn't the easiest form of car maintenance, but if you can't make it to a mechanic or want to save some money, there is the do-it-yourself option. First, you'll need a whole mess of tools and a good amount of space. If you don't know what you're doing, this isn't the time to find out. You won't be able to stop the car if your brake pads aren't properly replaced.

    1. Assuming you already have brake pads and rotors, loosen the lug nuts but do not remove them just yet. Make sure to put bricks behind the wheels as you are removing the brakes, after all.
    2. With the lug nuts loosened, it's time to raise the car. Just like changing a tire, use a hydraulic jack beneath the car's frame rail. Once the car is off the ground and secure, remove the wheels.
    3. Remove the two bolts on the caliper. You may need to pry it out with a screwdriver. Secure the caliper to the suspension to ensure there's no strain on the brake line.
    4. Remove the two bolts that keep the caliper carrier on. You may have to use a breaker bar with a mallet to remove them.
    5. Hit the rotor a few times and it should come right out.
    6. Scrub the rust off the hub then install the new rotor and secure it with a lug nut.
    7. Replace the caliper carrier bolts and tighten them using the breaker bar and mallet.
    8. To compress the caliper, use a C-Clamp and an old brake pad to compress the piston until it's flush with the caliper's housing.
    9. Install the new pads and caliper bolts. Tighten them.
    10. Put the wheels back on the car and tighten the lugs. Lower the car.
    11. Once the car is on the ground, pump the brakes until you feel pressure.
    12. Brake the new pads in by accelerating then hitting the brakes to slow about 20 mph. Drive normally. If all seems well, that's it!

    If you need any assistance replacing your brake pads or have any questions-just stop by Royal Moore Buick GMC's Service center today!