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EVO X Brake Pad Install

As most of us know, brake pads are vital to our EVO X, or generally vital for that matter! But, our concern lies mostly in the EVO , and its brake pads. Just like with tires, brake pads wear n’ tear. It’s said that brake pads may last anywhere from 40k to 100k miles. But, the total duration of how long and how often you drive your baby are things to consider too. If it’s time to get those brake pads replaced, and you got a hold of new ones, then we can instruct you on how to give your ride new brake pads so it can go cruising again in no time! Brake pad installation on an EVO X is a fairly easy installation. It’s actually one of the easiest types of installs you’ll ever have to do on your EVO X. Have jack stands (or a lift), center punch, hammer, set of pliers (or vice grips as alternatives), rag or shop paper towels, brake lube, brake cleaner, and brake caliper grease. And 800 grit sandpaper, just ‘cause it’s a good rust remover/cleaner =).

1. Ensure that the car’s completely off.
2. Elevate the car using jack stands or a lift.
3. Remove the tire from the side that needs the new brake pad.
4. Open brake fluid reservoir.
5. Have a hammer ready and set of pliers, or vice grips. With the hammer, gently and slowly hammer in the retainer pins until they’re hidden inside the caliper body. Then, pull on the topmost retainer pins using pliers or vice grips, and work your way down. You’ll be doing this as you push on the spring loading clip. After the topmost retainer pin’s out, have the spring loaded retention clip slide out. Work on removing the lower retainer pin after.
6. Remove the outboard side pad of the wheel you’re currently working on by sliding it out. Remove the metal backing afterwards and set it aside. You’ll be reusing it. Set the spring loaded retention clip and retainer pins as well. Clean that sucker (metal backing) using the 800 grit sandpaper.
7. You may not need to use the 800 grit sandpaper for this step, but only if you’re aware of the technique called “bedding” your brake pads. Otherwise, use the sandpaper on them new brake pads of yours, but do so gently.
8. Have some brake caliper grease ready. Take the metal backing that you removed earlier and place it onto your new brake pad. Next, take some brake caliper grease (can be bought through Amazon or Autozone) and apply to the top and bottom edges, front small indentation, and round circle areas. Get that set of pliers, or vice grips, for the next step.
9. Using the pliers of vice grips, push back the outboard pistons. Gently grease up the retention pins after.
10. Repeat the previous step for the inboard side pad now. Replace both the lower retainer pin and spring loaded retention clip.
11. Grab hold of the upper retention pin and slide it back in while applying pressure on the spring loaded retention clip. Get your hammer ready for the following step, because it’s hammer time once again!
12. Carefully hammer in the retention spring. Ensure that you’re hammering it into place until the backside of it is “flush” with caliper body.
13. Repeat all of the above steps for the other wheels as necessary. Enclose fluid reservoir after you’re done!
14. Start him/her up to slowly test out your new brake pads. The owner’s manual/manufacturer manual may include how to bed your brake pads =).

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