How To Replace Brake Pads On 2003 Kia
Need to know how to replace brake pads on a 2003 Kia? The brake pads work by squeezing against the rotors to assist with braking. After a while the brake pads get worn because of the friction between the brake pads and the rotors. The brakes will be really loose when you press on them and you usually hear a scraping or squealing nose from the brake pads. It is important that you replace the pads as soon as possible to prevent from having premature rotor wear. You can replace the pads on a 2003 Kia yourself to save both money and the hassle of having to go to an auto shop.
To replace brake pads on your 2003 Kia you will need:
- new brake pads
- wrench set
- ratchet and socket wrench set
- jack and jack stands
- Lift up your car. Use a jack to lift up your vehicle and then use jack stands to help hold up your 2003 Kia under the frame near the wheels.
- Remove the wheels. Remove the lug nuts from the wheels that you need to replace the brake pads on. Once you remove the lug nuts you can then remove the tires.
- Remove the two calipers. There are an upper and lower caliper bolts on the outside of the rotor on your 2003 Kia. Use a socket and ratchet wrench to remove them. Once the bolts are removed pull the caliper off of the rotor. The brake pads are located inside of the caliper.
- Remove the brake pads from the calipers. Take the brake pads off from the sides of the caliper. The easiest way to remove the brake pads is by sliding them out from the rotors.
- Install the new brake pads. Slide the new brake pads on the sides of the caliper. To ensure that the pads are secured in place make sure that you put them on underneath the metal clips. If needed, use a C-clamp to assist in closing the brake caliper on your 2003 Kia. Replace and securely tighten the caliper bolts.
- Replace the wheels. Replace the tire along with the lug nuts. Make sure everything is on tightly. Remove the jack stands and lower your car. Enjoy the ride on your new brake pads on your 2003 Kia.