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How to Grease Brake Pads

by Justin Cupler

Greasing is a given when it comes to suspension components and bearings, but it is typically ignored when replacing brake pads. Sometimes brake pads develop a horrifying squeal that cannot be pinpointed nor repaired. A lot of times, this squeal is due to the friction caused by the vibration of the brake pad against the caliper. The brake grease leaves a coating behind to dull the high frequency squeal altogether. Greasing the brake pads is a relatively easy way to stop a brake squeal.

Step 1

Loosen, but do not remove, the lug nuts with a tire iron.

Step 2

Raise the front of the vehicle with a jack and secure it on jack stands.

Step 3

Remove the lug nuts and pull the wheels off the vehicle.

Step 4

Look on the rear of the brake caliper. Locate the two caliper bolts; there will be one upper bolt and one lower bolt.

Step 5

Loosen and remove the lower caliper bolt and just loosen the upper bolt with a ratchet and socket.

Step 6

Pivot the caliper upwards and away from the brake pads using the upper bolt as an axle.

Step 7

Place a thin coat of brake pad grease onto the rear of both pads using your fingers. Make certain the entire rear of the pad is covered.

Step 8

Push the caliper back down and over the brake pads.

Step 9

Tighten the brake caliper bolts to the manufacturer's torque specifications. Refer to a vehicle-specific repair manual for these specifications.

Step 10

Remount the wheels on the vehicle and hand-tighten the lug nuts.

Step 11

Lower the vehicle to the ground with the jack.

Tighten the lug nuts to manufacturer's specifications with a torque wrench and socket. The torque specifications are located in the repair manual.

Items you will need

  • Tire iron
  • Ratchet
  • Socket set
  • Torque wrench
  • Repair manual (Chilton's or Haynes)

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