Disc Brake Hardware Kit
Replacing your car's brake hardware kit isn't always a part of the typical brake job. This is because in most cases, you usually only deal with worn-out rotors, disc brake pads, drum brake shoes, brake lines that need bleeding, and parking brakes that need adjustment. However, in some cases or if the situation calls for it, you might have to replace the entire hardware assembly. Your car needs new brake hardware when:
You're relining the drum brakes.
Whenever you're relining drum brakes, you need to replace the hardware, especially the springs. If the springs are re-used after relining and they've had years of abuse, chances are the shoes will drag against your brake drums. This can then lead to more problems such as uneven pull, drum warping, premature shoe wear, and overheating. So if you want to restore your braking system by relining the drum brakes, make sure to buy a new brake hardware kit.
Hardware pieces are corroded.
After years of use, your car brake's various springs, clips, and other small, metal parts will show signs of wear and tear such as corrosion. If you noticed that many of the hardware bits that connect the various braking parts are rusty, replace them as soon as possible. When left unfixed, rusty parts can prevent the parking brake from working properly and the shoes from maintaining the proper drum clearance.
Replacing the worn-out hardware
Replacing brake hardware pieces is relatively easy as long as you're equipped with basic automotive repair skills and the right tools. If you've successfully replaced your car's brake pads all on your own, you won't have a hard time replacing the hardware because the process is basically the same. Plus, the perfect time to install new hardware is when you're installing new pads.
What you need:
- Lug nut wrench
- Jack and jack stands
Step 1: Jack up the car and remove the wheels.
Once the car is jacked up securely, use a lug nut wrench to uninstall the wheel to get access to the brake caliper and disc.
Step 2: Remove the retaining clips.
Use the pliers to twist off the retaining clips. If they're a bit stuck, use the screwdriver to carefully pry them off.
Step 3: Prep the old pads.
Use the screwdriver to put some space between the pad and the disc. This way, you'll put some pressure on the piston. You should then be able to easily slide off each pad after removing the retainer pins in the next step.
Step 4: Pull out the retainer pins.
To replace busted pins, remove the old ones first by pulling their heads off with the pliers. Then twist and pull the pins until they completely detach from the caliper.
Step 5: Remove the pads.
Now that there's pressure on the piston and the retainer pins are removed, you can slide off the pads.
Step 6: Replace the pad shims.
Remove the old shims and install the new ones from the brake hardware kit. Don't forget to lubricate them with some brake grease.
Step 7: Attach the new pads.
After greasing the new pads, put them in position. Attach the new retainer pins and spring clips, which are also included in a brake hardware kit.
Step 8: Re-attach the wheel.
Using a torque wrench, re-install the wheels to complete the brake hardware kit installation. Your brakes might feel a bit squishy at first but after a few test drives, you should be able to break them in.