How to Replace Your Front Brakes

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When replacing front brakes, the calipers need to be removed, as well as the brake pads. Replace brake pads and calipers the way that they were taken apart with help from an auto mechanic in this free video on car repair and diagnostics.

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Video Transcript

Good afternoon, my name is Tom Brintzenhofe, certified master tech out of Reading, Pennsylvania, and I'm going to show you how to change your front brake pads. It's real simple, you got basically every caliper you've got two bolts that hold on, some have three, some have four but this demonstration we're using this Mazda MPV and it only has two here. So we'll go ahead and take these out. Pull your caliper right off and you take your brake pad and it just comes - basically it just comes right out of that hold there, it doesn't take much to it. And I have a little tool out here you can pick up at any hardware - parts store, they're five, six dollars. You set this in here, one side or the other, it doesn't matter, and what it does, it'll push up against this back side here, pushes that piston back in so you can get the new brick pads in then. You'll notice sometimes it'll go in there on an angle a little bit. When you get all the way in there the other pistons should start and you see it start to come in there. Not a big deal, just back it off a little bit, take your brake pads off. You should notice unfortunately but this type car doesn't have any little wear indicators on there for you. Slide your new ones in just like so, you put your caliper back on, same way you took it apart, it's as easy as that.


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