You have had vehicle inspection done about six months ago and are not sure as to why your car makes that squeaky sound when you brake. And of course, you cannot overlook the fact that you have trouble steering every time you tap on your break pads. Is it possible that your car needs brake service? Most likely it does. Brakes, being a vital part of car’s safety, need to be inspected on a regular basis and of course changed periodically in order to avoid additional repairs. Therefore, don’t just ignore that squeaky sound but roll up your sleeves and get down to work.
Of course you can perform break service on your own. Changing break pads might seem difficult and confusing at first but with time you’ll become an expert. Literally. There is no need to panic-brake repairs are probably one of the easiest repairs you can perform on your car. Break discs can be changed in no time without the need of any specialized tools. And not to mention all the money you will save. No more ‘wow’ bills from your mechanic. Well, are you ready to get those hands dirty? Run down to the closest auto parts store and get a pair of new brake discs and break pads and don’t forget to rummage through your tools probably lying somewhere in your garage.
Before you change old breaks, raise up the car (unless you think you can fit under it) and have all tools available. Now, first remove caliper by loosening up all the bolts, turn it over and you’ll be able to see the break pads. Remove pins and/or bolts that hold them and slide them out. If they look worn out and thinner when compared to the new ones then it was good you have decided to do break service on your car. Now simply slide the new pads in and make sure they fit perfectly. If they don’t, tap them lightly with a hammer (gently is the right word – do not take your frustration out on the new breaks). Now put caliper and wheel back, tighten all nuts and lower the car. Above all make sure everything is in place (we do not want you chasing your custom-made rim rider in the middle of highway).
Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it? You have successfully performed your first brake service and your car is running smoothly. Aren’t you proud of yourself? And what about all the money you saved for changing break pads on your own. Of course, lets not overlook all the knowledge and experience you have gained. You just got to know your car little better and are now confident that any future break repairs will be as easy as adding windshield fluid.