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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Push the caliper back down and over the brake pads.

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

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

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.

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About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Autos.com. Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.

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