In this video I show you some of the important parts and often the most overlooked parts (the brake pad hardware) that need attention during a routine pad and rotor replacement and why that is important.
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48 thoughts on “Brake pad replacement – a focus on brake hardware”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Sparks says:


  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Warren Klug says:

    You are a legend!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RUDYAKAHALIBU77 says:

    I am very appreciative of your video very in detail.
    Especially the first part where you open the master cylinder talking about space so your fluid will not overflow.
    Most videos I see on the tube do not mention opening the master cylinder.
    When your brake fluid is added to the master cylinder we are not aware of overflowing when we compress the cylinder thanks.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Coomer says:

    Thanks Eric O good tips on lube under brake hardware thanks!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Brown says:

    I never knew until recently about cleaning and greasing the caliper pins. Thanks for your expertise. God bless you.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Doe says:

    Thank you for the video! I learned a great deal and where I messed up in my own brake pad replacement.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PGB PGB says:

    Fantastic, clear explanations! Thank you! Question related to Honda CRV 2017 front brake pads. I purchased a premium set of after-market "OEM" (supposedly) brake pads. The small V shaped springs meant to retract the pads from rotor fell off the "ears" the brake pads multiple times during installation. Almost drove me crazy. Finally got these tiny springs to stay in pace, but noticed two fell off the caliper about a week ago after three weeks of driving. No noise and they are not caught in the assembly…but two questions: 1. can I just buy new springs and try to pinch plier the "u" on each spring in hopes that it remains on longer? 2. Will the absence of these little springs cause a great loss of pads/rotor service life? Cheers…you are an excellent communicator and are helping a ton of folks here, including me.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars deathwished13 says:

    Tens of thousands brake jobs. Well either you only do brakes or your shop averages enough brakes in one day for you to do two sets each day personally with no just busting balls

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars EagleWings 15 says:

    What product do you use to spray the bra ke system?

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jd Deefo says:

    Eric, every video on brakes make it look so easy. I've done 3 brake jobs over my 45yrs of driving and I've always had trouble getting the pads onto the hardware, It seems I always had to file a hair off the ears on the pads to get them to fit. I always clean the holders and use new hardware. The job I just finished I noticed the previous owner actually snapped the folded tabs the pad rides on to get the pad to fit, I had to do the same.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brent Owen says:

    Plant hanger hooks from a hardware store make decent hangers. Cheapest at $1, well that was several months ago so, probable $1.25 now.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brent Owen says:

    Don't get any turkey oil in the reservoir though. Anyone have a good way to set the brake fluid level after say replacing the fronts and bleeding/flushing. If the brakes wear out and the level gets low enough to turn the brake light on then usually a good time for the customer to bring to the shop. However with rear brakes at 50% ish or less, a full reservoir a new fronts probable won't reach that low light level. I've only seen a Toyota 4runner maybe that wore all the brakes real evenly and the vehicle came in for brake light on. Needed Pads…end of story.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nathan B says:

    Really enjoyed watching. 👍🏻 Thanks

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars stan yuhas says:

    Great video Eric. I wonder if my store front brake shop has the same attention to detail as you have ? LOL!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ron Spencer says:

    Hi EricO… I have to sell DIYers brake stuff all day in a big chain parts store up here in Canada. I am not a licensed mechanic myself, just tangential experience as a drag racer, worked in motorsports for a while and a past as a tool and die maker so i have "seen" stuff. I hear a lot of BS about brakes (sometimes from hack techs), particularly about grease and where/why it it is used in on brakes. I try to keep my mouth shut and nod and smile. This vid as old as it is, really drove home the clips and rust aspect. Now i get it so thanks so much. Cheers man and stay warm!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Terry says:

    Do you use the purple stuff on the slider pins too, or do they need a different lubricant?

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars john collins says:

    How privileged we are to profit -FOR FREE!! – from this one man's real-life professional experience!! Imagine going to a garage and saying to a 20yr veteran, "Hi, tell me all you know about disc brake maintenance -FOR FREE – please."
    I only watched in spurts over time, and don't remember it there was an analysis of why the rotor was replaced, but never mind: I've never changed them, had assumed they were prohibitively expensive, but a pair is under 30€ so I've ordered them. Now debating getting calipers, equally not as dear as I'd thought, for a 1995 -25yr old – Fiesta van. r
    Thank you so much for your work. God bless you. And LGB.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephon Love says:

    Great video! Thanks for sharing! We appreciate you!

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ronald Johnson says:

    There are literally thousands of ways to move a vehicle, but only a handful of systems to stop a vehicle. It's a no-brainer to do the best job possible when replacing brake parts.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Ficara says:

    Thank you for explaining it so well. Great info about the importance of cleaning the surfaces as well as how much grease to use but also where not too grease.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Angel says:

    I usually don't comment on this computer, but Sir, I must break those rules in telling you that you're an excellence teacher. You really pointed out all the "Common pitfalls" that many DIY'er's suffers.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dinakar Raj says:

    As a DIY person, I enjoyed watching the video, and we can make out you are so passionate about your work !. Awesome job. I wish some one like you I could bump into for my car or my bike. One of the key factor is you take your time to do it and you don't compromise on quality !👌🙏👍

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roman Castro says:

    Thanks for the tips, it all makes sense. I do my brakes and I see a few tips that I've neglected to do in my break jobs. Thanks!

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kerzwhile says:

    Video Textbook! 😉

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars randell gribben says:

    anti seize on the screws and bolts… nickel is the vest for brake… higher heat tollerence.and mask for brake dust

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M F says:

    Good video! What slide pin grease do recommend folks use, that will retain it's lubricating ability for all those miles of heat cycling without burning off? Seems like this a primary factor in regard to long term reliability. Thanks!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Devaney says:

    Thanks a million for a great lesson. Mike

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars FishFind3000 says:

    as for opening the bleeder when compressing the piston, bmws service data says nothing about messing with bleeder and just push the piston back.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom says:

    Just wondering why you didn't use any anti-seize between the hub & the rotor? Also, I put brake silicone on the metal backs of the brake pads where it comes into contact with the piston any thoughts on this? I saw you put lube under the new hardware which I agree, but I have always put a bit of brake silicone on the top side where the pads come into contact with the new brake hardware. I don't use a lot but just a bit so it's not just metal to metal. You live in the north west and I live in the southwest where the climate is hot and dry could that be the difference why you don't use any lube on the exposed side? Thanks and great video.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jo Mac says:

    So he didn't grease the hub face before putting on the new rotor?

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Net Worth says:

    I recently complete a brake job on my 2002 Nissan Frontier. The drum brakes on the rear now have a "howling sound" on one side but only when I brake in reverse (not any sound braking forward). Everything is done correctly. It is not a squeaking or scraping sound. Any suggestions?

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Connors says:

    Turn the new rotor before use and you will see the low spots and high spots. Seems cheap or expensive rotors have defects in surface flatness.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Hill says:

    they make a corrosion resistant rotor and calipers they are coated with like galvanizing i am trying them on subaru and so far it looks good no rust all over since car sits a lot lately old ones were rusted terribly

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vanquish Storm says:

    Very helpful vid. on brakes! On another note, if you don't mind me asking, would you happen to know if turning over a Honda motor by hand (crank pulley) without oil inside it harm it? I'm assuming by turning over a motor by hand that may have water inside it, with the spark plugs out, the compression will help shoot out any excess water if there is any. Thank you for your time.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jeffrey wolf says:

    It's also good to flush the brakes to. All new fluid

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jeffrey wolf says:

    I just opened up the rear disc drum emergency brake to find a broken spring and a clip that failed. Got to love it. I bought all new hardware before I even looked at it knowing that it would have to be replaced by the grinding noise it was making

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Hill says:

    I had a 2004 Chevy express van and right from the factory the pads wore terribly crooked they had worn inside toward hub on one side it was a terrible design for the brackets that held pads i should have filed the brackets but was afraid to make it too loose I didn't realize it really needed it to move freely

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars peter asher says:

    Loved your video. I wonder if you could have mentioned that you should pump the brake pedal after you get the car off the lift and before you drive it. A total newbie might not know that.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Timothy Higdon says:

    you are slow

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tony Incretolli says:

    Excellent explanations.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RAEL says:

    "A Focus on Brake Hardware"
    I once had my brake mount bolts come loose. (What's that strange rattling sound?) Yep the brake caliper mount bolts had come loose…..because a certain mechanic (me) didn't use a torque wrench. On my modern cars I use a torque wrench on nearly everything. I was amazed at how under torqued I had been doing the lug nuts, for instance. On the plus side though… least on the car in question…..the caliper was designed to stay in place even if the mount bolts come loose. (Thank you GM engineers. You probably saved my life.)

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Smith says:

    MY favorite is when the customer comes in and the entire face of the rotor is gone or separated, and they say "just started making noise yesterday"!! LOL. Great video and really good advice. One thing I do is use a small pry bar inserted through the caliper window to retract the caliper piston while everything is still hung, this allows me to test piston retraction and pin resistance quickly.
    I always learn something here, thanks.
    RHS Mobile Auto Repair 1988-Present. MoTech Alumni!

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ray Caster says:

    Brake hardware is so cheap, why wouldn't you replace it.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JOE Hyundai Tech says:

    I wish Dave Smith from jericho ny goodyear is watching this because every time he does a brake job he never changes any of the hardware.
    I used to work there and I used to empty all of the garbage cans in the shop that are located between each bay.
    I would always find lots of bags of new brake hardware in his garbage can . one day I stopped and asked him why do I always find bags of new brake hardware in your garbage can and he said because I never change any of the hardware on any of my brake jobs.I replied I know that but the question is WHY NOT. he told me I dont want any of my brake jobs to squeek and come back to me and putting on new hardware causes the brakes to squeek. I just shook my head and walked away this was the last conversation we ever had I never spoke to him again and never emptied his garbage can again . this guy is lazy and he is a hack dont ever go there for a brake job

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stacking Dimes says:

    Fantastic video for anyone trying to save money doing their own brake job. Simple, easy to understand, basically step by step. Would highly recommend any diy'er watch this prior to attempting their own brake job. I have watched many of Mr. O's more recent videos, he is way to serious in this one.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars william bellamy says:

    So they tell me never to use grease on slider pins or caliper pins do you use silicone

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RJB says:

    5 year old video? Really?

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Brown says:

    As a DIYer, this was incredibly helpful. Thank you!

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