How to Change a Car's Disc Brake Pads

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The disc brake pads on a car can be changed with the help of a ratchet and socket that will fit onto the bolts holding the calipers in place. Remember to push the pistons back when changing brake pads with help from an auto mechanic in this free video on car maintenance and repairs.

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Good afternoon, my name is Tom Brintzenhofe. I'm a certified master mechanic out of Reading, Pennsylvania. And today I'm going to show you how to change your front disc brake pads. First thing you want to do, you get yourself a ratchet and a socket that's going to fit your two, three or four bolts holding this caliper. Unfortunately this Mazda MVP only has two, I already got them somewhat loosened up just to save some time here. Take these out. Set them aside, flip your caliper up out of the way. Take your brake pads off. Get ready to slide your new ones in here. And it's just as simple as that, the only other thing you'll have to do which I already did ahead of time was to push your two pistons back, using a tool similar like this, it costs under ten dollars at your local parts store. It goes in here, you take your old brake pad, and you slide it right back in between here and here. Crank this tool in and what it will do is it will push your two pistons back and it will allow you to put this back together with your new brake pads. Put your new caliper on there, your new brake pads at the top of your caliper and your brake pads, put your bolts back together and you're good to go.

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