Replace Brake Pads and Rotors

The pads and rotors will wear down over time depending on number of heavy braking zones at your local tracks. Changing brake pads and rotors is an essential maintenance task to be fast on the track.

Tools and Supplies:

  • New Vented Rotors – Enterprise P/N 800065
  • New Brake Pads – Enterprise P/N 801993
  • Brake Fluid
  • 10mm socket/wrench
  • 19mm socket and ratchet
  • Torque wrench
  • Brake cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Large channellocks or C-clamp

Instructions:

  • Remove the nose and tail of the car
  • Check the rotors and pads for wear
  • For the rotors you should be able to see the slots
  • For inspecting the pads use an Allan head key of a known thickness to feels whats left on the pads or you should still be able to see the middle slot
  • Remove brake master cylinder caps
  • Loosen Lug Nuts use a 19mm socket and ratchet
  • Jack Car Up
  • Remove Wheels
  • Place a spring clamp on one of the lug nut studs (helps keep the rotor in place)
  • Remove caliper pins with 10mm socket/wrench
  • Slide brake caliper off the hub, pads and rotor
  • Remove Pads
  • Remove the spring clamp to remove the brake rotor
  • Place new rotor use a spring clamp to keep it in place
  • Clean rotor braking surfaces with brake cleaner
  • Place new brake pads (tapered pad goes on the inside)
  • You may need to remove some brake fluid from the reservoir
  • Then push the piston back into the caliper using either large Channellocks or a C-clamp, be very careful not to damage the piston or dust seal
  • With the piston back in the caliper now slide the caliper over the brake pads and rotor
  • Insert caliper pins and tighten with 10mm socket/wrench
  • Remove spring clamp
  • Replace the Wheel
  • Replace and tighten the lug nuts
  • Repeat the rotor and pad replacement for the remaining wheels
  • With all the pads and rotors replaced lower the car to the ground
  • Torque the lug nuts to 55 ft-lbs
  • Pump the brake pedal to move the pistons out to the correct position
  • Top up the brake fluid as needed
  • Replace the nose and tail of the car
  • Bed the brakes before trying to go full pace on the next session

James Chartres

San Jose, CA