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Maruti Suzuki SX4 India: How to Replace Brake Pads and Discs
Welcome to this tutorial on how to replace front brake pads and discs on the Maruti Suzuki SX4 India. Be ready to follow this step-by-step guide, which includes a video about how to do the job. There are also handy tips that will guide you through the process.
My plan is always to show you how to save money and learn new skills along the way. This will boost your confidence and abilities as a home mechanic so that in the future, you might want to try something more challenging with your Maruti Suzuki SX4 India.
Why Do I Need to Replace Pads and Discs?
That's a good question and one that you know the answer to. There is obviously something telling you that they need replacing.
- Noise coming from the front end of the car or a grinding coming when you press the brake pedal.
- Reduced brake efficiency
- Conditions and how you drive the car
How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
All valid questions that are being asked. Typically brake pads will last up to 50,000 miles but that is dependent on your driving style and the type of roads being driven on. Cities in India I am led to believe are extremely congested so you can expect a lot of stop starting which will lead to excessive use of the brakes.
How do you drive?
If you are the type to drive the car as fast as you can, then brake late and hard, then you can expect to be buying new pads regularly. If, however, you plan the way you drive and spread the braking you will save money and your pads will last much longer.
Not only do I give you the information on how to do the job but I give you top driving tips as well! Not bad, I hear you say.
To Change or Not to Change?
That is the question.
Make sure that you replace your brake pads before they get down to 5 mm is my advice. Letting them get so low can make them wear out rather quickly. Definitely replace them before they start grinding metal to metal. If you're getting a grinding noise now then that will probably be the case. Your brake pads will be scouring the brake discs which will cost you more money to have the discs replaced as well. Not such a problem as that is what we are going to show you in this tutorial.
What Tools Will You Need?
Below is the list of tools that you are likely to need when you fit new front brake pads to your car.
- Wire brush
- W.D. 40 Spray
- Brake cleaner spray
- Anti-squeal paste
- Copper grease
- Socket set
- Flat screwdriver
- Caliper wind back tool
- Ratchet wrench
- Torque wrench
- Wheel choc
- Trolley jack or bottle jack
Planning the job of replacing front brake pads needs a bit of thought in terms of the safety of you and your car. The reason you are doing this, I would think, is to save money, so what you don't want to do is cause yourself more expense and risk injury by neglecting the important safety issues. It will be a good idea if as a minimum you do the following:
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- Wear gloves
- Wear goggles
- Cover arms and legs
- Secure the car on axle stands
- Choc road wheels still on ground
- Put handbrake on if working on front of car
- Keep area clear around your car
- Have a helper to support you if possible
Ready to Give It a Go?
So you have watched the video and taken in all the advice. Are you ready to take the plunge and jump in and get the job done?
If you haven't done this before be sure to take all the required precautions. If you feel apprehensive then let me tell you that you can do this. If you have some practical skills and a few tools and don't mind getting your hands dirty, then you definitely can do this.
Think of All the Money You Will Save
By doing the job yourself you are going to save your hard-earned cash instead of giving it to a high-priced garage. What could you do with the cash that you save? This is what always spurs me on to do simple jobs myself.
Steps to Follow
Follow the steps below and you won't go far wrong in replacing the front pads and discs on your Maruti Suzuki SX4 India.
- Loosen the wheel nuts
- Raise the vehicle up from the ground
- Remove the road wheel
- Undo caliper slide bolts
- Push back piston a little to remove caliper front body
- Tie caliper up out of way
- Remove worn pads
- Remove caliper frame
- Remove old disc held on with 2 screws
- Fit new disc to hub
- Refit caliper frame
- Fit new pads
- Wind the caliper back
- Refit caliper body over pads
- Tighten caliper slide bolts
- Refit road wheel
- Repeat on other side
Once both sides have been done, don't forget to depress the brake pedal a few times before moving the car. This will position the pads correctly after having to wind back the calipers during the replacement of the parts.
Don't Forget a Road Test
Whenever you do work on your car it is always a good idea to road test it to be sure that the problem has been solved. Before taking to the road, in the case of replacing brake pads and discs for the Maruti Suzuki SX4 India, you must do a static brake test to position the pistons in the calipers, since you wound them back to fit the new disc pads. It may need 3 to 4 pumps of the brake pedal or until resistance is felt at the top of the pedal stroke. The pedal should feel hard and not spongy.
That's All, Folks!
That's another job done. I hope you learned a lot while doing the job and that it has made you feel more confident. I always write these articles to help solve problems, so the more who see them the more benefit people will get from them.
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