Porsche brake pads are crucial components in your Porsche car's braking system. They keep you from getting into accidents down the road because once you step on them you will be able to get the grip when the situation calls you to stop. When the time comes that you need to replace them then you must be aware of how they are installed. Here are tips to help you with.
Start Inspecting Your Pads
Basically, changing your brake pads may need to be done annually or whenever you have reached a mileage of 10,000 miles. When the pads are worn out, there is a chance they will trigger the pad replacement sensor which means you need to replace them. You do not have to wait for the brake-warning lamp to appear before inspecting the pads.
Replace Pads in Pairs
One of the mistakes you may commit when replacing your brake pads is to replace only one pad at a time. Replacement of Porsche brake pads must be done in pairs which means you should replace both front pads and both rear pads at a single time.
Start Removing the Road Wheel
Take note of the configuration differences between the front and rear brakes of your car. Despite that, replacement procedure is the same. Start by jacking up the car and removing the road wheel. From there, you should slightly loosen the slug nuts right before you lift the car. This will allow exposure of the brake caliper, a part that is integral in pressing the pads against the disc. Turn the parking brake off before you start the work.
Remove the Brake Pad Sensor
Use a pair of nose-pliers when doing so. Remove retaining pins and clips to allow the old pad to loosen up. Pry the pads using a screwdriver and when you see small holes on the pads, that which surround the retaining pin, you can use that to remove the pads. Check the caliper piston and make sure that it does not interfere with removing the brake pads.
Inspect the Caliper
Make sure that they are clean. You need isopropyl alcohol and compressed air to clean this area. Clamping rings found inside the caliper should not be damaged or ripped. If these rings are then you will need to rebuild the caliper accordingly.
Measure Disc Thickness
It is important to measure disc thickness to check if they need replacement or not as well. Check the specifications within which a brake disc needs to be replaced. Once you have taken the measurement and you have noted that they have already worn out, you must have them replaced first before installing your brake pads.
Install the Brake Pads
You will need either a multi piston brake pad spreader or a plastic or a wood in order to push the piston back into the caliper. You need to do this to give room to the new and thicker pads that you are about to install. Never use too much force when prying the piston back. From there, you should replace the pads and bring back the pins that held the older ones to secure them in place.