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Anybody Can Replace Disc Brake Pads and Rotors. Here's How to Do it the Right Way

Posted July 14, 2021 8:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: brakes DISC BRAKES repair

As the dominant choice for both front and rear brake systems for the last quarter-century, disc brakes offer a number of advantages over drums, including better serviceability. Without having to deal with return springs and adjustment wheels, a nice clean disc brake rotor and pad replacement should take about half the time a drum brake service requires.

But that's not to say disc brake service doesn't benefit from taking your time and paying attention to the details as you go along. Sure, you could breeze through and be back on the road in no time, but with a little bit of forethought you can get the best performance from your new brakes, avoid extensive damage and make your next brake replacement go much smoother.

We followed along as tech columnist Jim O'Clair got his hands dirty replacing the brakes on a late-model Subaru and pointed out various tips, tricks, and other good advice for servicing pretty much any vehicle with disc brakes.

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07/18/2021 7:01 AM

Only the older folks can do this simple task. The youngster cannot do this at all as they can never remove the cell phone from their hands to actually hold anything resembling a tool. I know many who cannot even fill the windscreen washer bottle let alone fix anything on a car.

Good article but I assume aimed at the older generation who know how to do this simple task.

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07/18/2021 4:31 PM

I've done it once. The vehicle was a Rover 414 (this was long ago). I bought the service manual and a dial indicator specially for the task. It was when the manual advised me that I should pick a replacement from the parts store to match something or other that I began to suspect a conspiracy against the owner-mechanic.

I still have, and still use that dial indicator, though.

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07/28/2021 7:08 AM

The repair manual for military vehicles is written in comic-book format.

What does that say about the newer generation?

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07/28/2021 7:06 AM

He showed the procedure for a floating rotor system.

The procedure is more complicates when the rotor has to be removed with the hub,bearings,and seals.

Even this simple procedure is unlikely to be performed by most of the younger set.

Common sense can overcome nearly every mechanical problem,but common sense is so uncommon nowadays.

I had to learn to repair things myself as a kid on the farm because I could not afford to hire it done.

A school of hard knocks is a stern teacher,because you get the test first,and the lesson afterwards,but the lesson is chiseled into your memory forever.

Adrenaline is a very good memory enhancing hormone.

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