A Brake Repair Diagram to Help You Understand

January 27, 2012

A brake repair diagram acts as a repair guide for brakes, providing a clear picture of every individual part of the brake system. It gives you information on how to repair your brakes, should they fail. It lists the tools necessary for the repair of brakes; they are a screw-jack, a lug wrench, C-clamp, open or adjustable wrench, Allen keys, hammer and a small bungee cord. The procedure starts with removing the lugs of the wheel with the lug wrench, then removing the wheel off the axle.

The calipers and the pads have to be removed carefully by unscrewing the bolts without causing any stress to the brake line. After removing the old pads and the little metal retaining pins, the new pads can be placed in the same place as the old ones and then the retaining pins have to be placed back. The inside of the caliper has a round piston coming out of it, which has already adjusted itself to the level of the old brake pads. Getting the caliper over the new pads is going to be a problem, if it was not for the c-clamp which pushes the piston back in place. With the piston compressed, the caliper can be placed over the new pads.

The next step would be to put the bolts back on, and test your brakes for performance. If the setting is to your requirement, replace the wheel and make sure to lock the lugs in place lest the wheel slips out. These are all the simple steps associated with changing the brake pads.

Links to Some Good Brake Repair Diagrams:

Single Disk Brake
Drum Brake Repair Diagram
Drum Brake Repair Diagram 2
Parking Brake Diagram

Related Questions and Answers

How Long Should a Brake Rotor Repair Last?

A brake rotor repair is not a complicated job. A modern disc brake is made up of three parts, the rotor, the caliper arm and the brake pads that fit in the caliper arm. Generally, repair books allow about an-hour-and-a-half for a full side brake job that includes rotor replacement, a new caliper kit, and new pads. If you are only thinking of changing the rotor (the large disc plate) then you will still have to take apart the entire brake assembly and it will probably take about an-hour-and-a quarter.

Does Auto Insurance Cover Brake Repair?

Does auto insurance cover brake repair? Well, unless you have it written specifically into your insurance agreement, you will find that brakes are not covered by auto insurance. One notable exception is the BMW certified program which does cover brakes and other "consumables" that most warranty insurance packages won't cover. If, on the other hand, your car is involved in an accident that involves the brakes, then, any brake problems are covered, less any deductible. Deductibles can range from $100 to $1,000 and they are written for you by your insurance agent.