Remove Bracket to Replace Brake Pads

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Learn how to remove the bracket to change car front brake pads with expert automotive tips in this free online car maintenance and repair video clip.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace Front Brake Pads
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MARK BLOCKER: In this segment, we're going to cover removing the brake pads and the caliper mounting bracket. To remove the brake pad since the caliper is gone--they're slid in. They're held together kind of--on some spring tension and some guides and you just slide them out. We're going back for--and you want to make sure to grip them tightly. Their silencers are located on the back of this unit and you want to make sure you don't lose them. Set the brake pad down on the side, the same way with the inner one. So, just slide out. As you can see, the notches on each edge of brake pad, that's the channels that they slide on back and forth. That's what holds the brake pad in place and then the brake caliper applies the pressure from the outside. And what holds it in there tightly is two prebent--they're kind of a spring--spring steel, and they're mount over the caliper bracket and that's what holds the brake pads in place and keeps them from vibrating--keeps the tension on them. In order to remove the caliper mounting bracket, now we've got the brake pads out. There's two large nuts located in the back and they're 18-millimeter and they're a little bit larger when we put it on with a little bit more torque. So, just to let you know, you'll need a little bit more effort to break them free, break one free and break the other one free. Once you've got both of them broken free, then you just remove each bolt. They each have a washer on them. You want to make sure that it's a lock washer and you keep that attached with the bolt. And there's a second one-with the washer. Now, this bracket just slides out. It's necessary to remove this caliper mounting bracket because you'll need to get it out of the way so you can remove the front rotors. So, please watch our next segment on removing the rotors.

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