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How To Replace Brake Pads 2003 Kia
Need to know how to replace the brake pads on a 2003 Kia? Replacing your own brake pads can save you money you would otherwise spend maintaining your Kia. If you have some basic tools, you should be able to complete this task in about an hour or two. Be sure to replace the brake pads on your Kia on a regular basis to avoid premature rotor wear.
To replace the brake pads on a 2003 Kia, you will need:
- A wrench set and C-clamp
- New brake pads (can be OEM or aftermarket)
- A car jack
- Raise the vehicle. Lift up the wheel on your 2003 Kia so that you can have access to the brake pads. You can use the lift provided with your 2003 Kia, which can be found in the trunk compartment.
- Remove your wheel. You will need to remove the wheel before you can change the brake pads. Look in your trunk (in the spare tire kit) for the wrench to remove your wheel.
- Remove the caliper from the wheel hub. Reach behind the caliper and locate two screws. The screws will need to be removed in order to access the brake pads.
- Remove the brake pads. The pads should slide easily right out of your 2003 Kia.
- Install the new brake pads. The pads should slide into place in reverse order from the removal process. After you insert the new brake pads, you will need to use the C-clamps. Use the C-clamp to close the brake caliper. Once the brake caliper is closed, reinstall the unit into your 2003 Kia.
- Test your vehicle. Drive your 2003 Kia in a parking lot and test the brake pads slowly. You may hear some light noises as the brake pads wear in.
Posted on: Jul. 13, 2010