Tools Needed to Change Brake Pads

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Learn what tools are needed to change the brake pads on a car with expert automotive tips in this free online auto repair and car maintenance video clip.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace Rear Brake Pads
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MARK BLOCKER: Hello, I'm Mark Blocker. In this training video, we're going to cover replacing the rear brake pads. The vehicle we're going to be using is a 1989 Acura LS and it's equipped with four-wheel disc brakes. 'Cause of the rear discs, they combine the use of the parking brake mechanism. It's built into the caliper of the rear disc setup, and it requires a special tool to do these on rear disc brake systems. And that's real common in a lot of vehicles. They use a same type system. In this segment we're going to cover the tools and equipment necessary to do the rear brakes on the '89 Acura LS. We're going to start off the basic tool set that I use pretty much standard with all the training videos. It'll give you a good assortment of sockets in the various size categories of 1/2-inch drive, 3-inch drive, 1/4-inch drive, in both standard and metric. I have a small selection of wrenches and some pliers and just other general hand utility tools. Since we're going to be jacking up the vehicle to remove the rear tires, you're going to need a floor jack. You're going to need some type of safety device to put underneath the vehicle to hold the load while you're working on it like a jack stand or you could use large wood blocks if you don't have a jack stand available. You can even use a spare tire for the vehicle if you have nothing else available. Put it underneath there as an added safety feature in case something should happen and the vehicle fall. You don't want it to come down to ground where it can crush into you or damage the vehicle. You're going to need a wrench for lug nuts and you can use the sockets and ratchets that are available in the standard kit or the one that comes with the vehicle. This is an aftermarket four star one. It's got an adapter to four different sizes available, so I can use on a lot of different vehicles and it allows me to apply even torque when tightening or removing the lug nuts. You're going to need some clean chemicals and a pan to contain those chemicals to clean the brake parts with. A little bit of NIC-type lubricant to lubricate some of the moving brake parts. Protective wear recommended for your hands because of the chemicals and dust environment that we're working in. Also, safety glasses and stuff of that nature, some shop rags, wipe out and keep things clean as you're working along. That should just about cover it for the tools and equipment necessary. Please watch our next segment on safety.

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