How to Replace Brake Pads


When you drive as much as you do in the Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland area, your brake pads are bound to take some wear and tear after a while. Though this is a completely normal thing that happens, it does mean that you may need to replace your brake pads to ensure your car can stop when you need it to.

Although this process requires some basic brake system knowledge and tools, if you need to do it at home, you can! Here to show you how are the service professionals at BMW of Atlantic City. Let’s get started.

How to Replace Brake Pads in Five Steps

Changing Brakes

Before you jump into the work, make sure you have the following tools and a pal to help you out. Then, follow the steps and your brake pads will be as good as new.

  • Floor Jack
  • Jack Stands
  • Brake Tool
  • New Brake Pads
  • Brake Grease
  • Socket Wrench
  • Tire Iron

#1. Jack Up Your Car – Your brake pads are located under your vehicle, so you’ll need to raise your car and remove your tires to reach them easily. Do this by loosening the lug nuts on your wheels with a tire iron. Then, place your jack under the vehicle to raise it and put your jack stands under a solid point in your frame. Next, lower your vehicle onto the stands and remove the jack, as well as the tires.

#2. Remove Current Brake Pads – With the tires gone, you should be able to see your rotors, calipers, and brake pads. First, you’ll need to remove the calipers, which will allow you to reach the part you wish to replace.

To do so, take your socket wrench and remove the caliper bolts and slide off the caliper away from the rest of the system. These will still be attached by wires, so place them somewhere safe and do not hang them by the wires. Now, you can take out the old brake pads!


#3. Install New Pads – Take your new brake pads and lubricate them by applying your brake grease to the back. Make sure not to get any grease in front of the pads or on your rotors, as these rely on friction to work properly.

Now, place your new brake pads in the place where the old ones were and clip them into place. Ensure they are straight and positioned correctly.

Brake Pad Replacement

#4. Install Calipers – With your new pads in place, you’ll need to re-install your brake caliper assembly. This will take some adjusting, as the calipers are used to the old, worn-down pads. To do this, you’ll need your brake tool.

Place the caliper in the large circular position and use your tool’s plastic piece against the opposite end of the system. Rotate your brake tool handle to adjust it to the largest size, then size them accordingly to fit with your new brake pads.

#5. Drive – After putting your tires back on and lowering your vehicle off of the jack stands, it’s time to see your new brake pads work on the road. Drive around the block slowly and test them out. If you hear any unusual sounds while braking, check the installation again to ensure everything is in the correct place.

Let BMW of Atlantic City Do the Hard Work for You!

If you lack the proper tools, are worried about installing your new brake pads wrong, or just want someone else to take care of the job for you, we’re here to help. To make an appointment for brake pad replacement in the Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland area, reach out to our service center today!