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Most of the cost of a professional brake job comes from labor, so if you’re willing to do the dirty work yourself you can save a ton of cash.  This how-to from eHow walks you through the whole process with pictures.

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Before you jump into the task, though, give our recent “Doing Your Own Brakes” One Beer Podcast a listen as well!

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(Thanks to [177] for this great CC-licensed photo.)

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How To Replace Your Front Brakes [eHow]

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6 Responses to How To Replace Your Front Brakes

  1. Steve Thompson says:

    My MINI club does brake flush (and necessary pads and other maintenance) once or twice a year. We just hang out and BBQ (and get good use out of the brake bleed kit, etc we bought for the club). It’s really easy, especially with a couple of people and no reason you shouldn’t do it yourself. As a bonus, a couple of weeks ago, I even upgraded everything on the front of the MINI to this Wilwood kit. Stops real good now.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/supergimp/536374344/in/pool-toolmonger/

  2. tirapop says:

    “How To Replace Your Front Brakes”… with a picture of someone changing the rear brakes on a Jetta. Yeah, that’s the gas filler door at the top left.

  3. Old Donn says:

    The How-To link left out one important step. You’d better pump the brakes and get some fluid back into the from calipers prior to test driving.

  4. Old Donn says:

    Make that front calipers.

  5. Bubba Powers says:

    I have a question. Should an ASTM certified mechanic be sitting there with his legs projected up under the car? Even with the proper saftey equipment being used (wheel chocks, jack stands, floor jack, etc.), this would not be a recommended position to work from and especially not to “suggest” to a novice that may not be aware of the safety issues involved with this. One turn of the Allen / Hex wrench (with a cheater bar) with a great deal of torque could cause movement of the vehicle. Just a safety thought!

  6. Teacher says:

    Last week I changed the front brakes on my 2005 Grand Caravan. I know, people joke that guys driving mini vans are wimps, but I don’t care. It runs good, has lots of room and I got it for $12,000 with just 9,000 miles on it.

    Bendix brake pads cost me $49. The local Dodge dealer and another garage both wanted $150+ do to the same thing.

    Only problem was that the calipers were held onto the brackets by bolts that required a 7mm hex head. Guess which size is commonly left out of sets of Allen wrenches? The jerk at the Dodge place first told me he didn’t know what size hex head the calipers took.

    When I asked if his manager would know, he fessed up to it being a 7mm, but had no idea where I could get one. Of course they would be glad to do the brake job for me. Nope. Good old NAPA. 3/8″ drive hex bit in 7mm was $4.99, USA made.

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