If you’ve ever changed your own brake pads, you know that the process is pretty simple. But what about bleeding the brakes? Do you really need to do this step?
The answer is: it depends. If you’re simply changing out your brake pads, then you likely won’t need to bleed the brakes. However, if you’re also replacing the brake fluid, then bleeding the brakes is a necessary step.
When you bleed the brakes, you’re basically getting rid of any air that may be in the brake lines. This air can cause brake problems, so it’s important to get rid of it. The best way to do this is by bleeding the brakes.
If you’re not sure whether or not you need to bleed the brakes, it’s always best to consult with a professional. They can help you determine if it’s necessary or not.
What Is The Purpose Of Changing Brake Pads?
Brake pads are an essential part of your car’s braking system. They are the part of the brake that comes into contact with the brake rotor to create the friction that stops your car. Over time, brake pads will wear down and will need to be replaced.
There are a few signs that you may need to replace your brake pads. If you hear a squealing noise when you brake, it may be time to replace your pads. If your brake pedal feels spongy or sinks to the floor, this is another sign that your pads need to be replaced. Finally, if you see cracks or grooves in your pads, it’s time for a replacement.
Changing brake pads is a relatively easy process. You will need a few tools, including a jack and jack stands, a wrench, and a few other items. First, you will need to remove the wheel. Once the wheel is off, you will be able to see the brake caliper. The caliper is what holds the brake pads in place.
Next, you will need to use the wrench to remove the caliper bolts. Once the bolts are removed, you will be able to take the caliper off of the rotor. Be careful not to let the caliper hang by the brake line as this can damage the line.
Now, you can remove the old brake pads and install the new ones. Once the new pads are in place, you will need to put the caliper back on and bolt it in place. Finally, you can put the wheel back on and lower the car.
It’s important to note that you should never wait until your brake pads are completely worn out before changing them. It’s best to change them when they are around 50% worn. This will help to avoid damage to the rotor and will keep your brakes working properly.
Why Is It Important To Bleed The Brakes When Changing Brake Pads?
If you’re planning on changing your own brake pads, it’s important to know how to bleed the brakes. Bleeding the brakes gets rid of any air that might be in the brake lines. When you compress the brake pedal, air can get into the lines and prevent the brakes from working properly.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to bleeding the brakes:
1. Jack up the car and remove the wheels.
2. Disconnect the brake line from the caliper.
3. Use a brake bleeding kit to bleed the brakes.
4. Reconnect the brake line to the caliper.
5. Lower the car and test the brakes.
It’s important to bleed the brakes whenever you change the brake pads. If you don’t, you could end up with a dangerous situation where your brakes don’t work properly. So, if you’re planning on changing your own brake pads, make sure you bleed the brakes first.
What Are The Consequences Of Not Bleeding The Brakes When Changing Brake Pads?
If you don’t bleed the brakes when changing brake pads, the consequences can be deadly. When you change brake pads, you are essentially compressing the brake caliper pistons. This can push brake fluid back into the brake lines and cause the brakes to fail. If you are driving when this happens, you will not be able to stop the car, which could lead to a serious accident.
For example, in May of 2018, a woman in Wisconsin was killed when her brakes failed after she changed her brake pads. The woman, who was an experienced mechanic, did not bleed the brakes after changing the pads. As a result, the brake fluid was forced back into the brake lines, causing the brakes to fail. The woman lost control of her car and collided with a tree, killing her.
This is a tragic example of what can happen if you don’t bleed the brakes after changing brake pads. Always make sure to bleed the brakes to avoid this type of accident.
How Often Should Brake Pads Be Changed?
Brake pads should be changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, or as soon as they start to show signs of wear.
Worn brake pads can cause a number of problems, including:
1. Reduced braking power
2. increased brake dust
3. increased brake noise
4. potential damage to other brake components
Here are a few signs that your brake pads may be ready for a change:
1. Your brake pedal feels “spongy” when you press it.
2. Your car pulls to one side when you brake.
3. You hear a screeching noise when you brake.
4. Your brake pads are less than 1/4 inch thick.
If you’re not sure whether or not your brake pads need to be changed, it’s always a good idea to have them checked by a professional. They can take a look at your pads and let you know if they need to be replaced.
If you have any questions about changing brake pads, feel free to comment below.