How To Change Brake Pads With An Electric Parking Brake
Did you take the rear brake pads apart because you were “only” going to change the brake pads and now you can’t push in the piston? Don’t worry. This is a very common question I get and the customers are often getting very scared when they hear how to do it. Because the piston inside the calliper got a threaded rod inside, you have to twist it back and that you have to do with a diagnostic tool.
You probably also heard that you can push it back with one power and one ground cable. That’s true, but nothing I can recommend because you can easily damage things and yourself. You also probably will get a warning light on the dashboard after you replaced it.
Go through this steps and the replacement of the brake pads will get a lot easier. You need some tools to do this properly. If you don’t want to buy them you could always lend it from a workshop or a friend if you are asking nicely 😉
1. Connect a car battery charger.
You should always connect a battery charger when you are doing this job. Without it, you can get low battery voltage and destroy electrical parts of the electric parking brake.
If you don’t have one at home I can recommend this one for a universal use: NOCO Genius G3500 6V/12V 3.5A UltraSafe Smart Battery Charger. If you want to find more tools that will help you a lot you can check out our other article 5 tools every car owner should have at home.
2. Connect a diagnostic tool.
Before you start taking anything apart I recommend that you start with the electric parking brake tool. If you already started the job, the best thing to do is that you put everything together again. If you don’t have a suitable OBD tool for this job, I can recommend the FOXWELL NT301 Car Obd2 Code Scanner. Always read the item description so you know that it works with your vehicle.
You will hear when the tool screws back the piston rods. The warning lights will start flashing. At this point, you can now shut off the ignition to make sure you don’t damage anything while you are doing the job.
3. Replace Brake Pads and push back pistons.
Now when you released the piston rods inside the calliper you can change the brake pads and push back the calliper with a suitable tool. (Big plier etc)
When you put everything back you can go to the next step.
4. Press the foot brake pedal.
Now you can push the foot brake pedal many times until you feel that the piston reached the bottom, till it gets stiff.
Make sure to not press the brake pedal to the bottom because you can damage the seals inside the brake master cylinder
5. Connect the diagnostic tool again
Now you can connect the diagnostic tool again and use the function “After brake pad replacement”.
You will hear when the brake calipers reached the pads.
6. Do a Basic Setting
After you did all work you have to do a basic setting with the diagnostic tool. It will push the piston rods forward and backwards a couple of times to learn the default values.
7. Test the electric parking brake function
You can now test the electric parking brake function a couple of times to see that it’s working properly.
Take the car out for a long drive to see that everything is okay.
Check that the rear brakes don’t get very hot, no strange sounds and of course the brakes should work properly!
You are done!
You see, It wasn’t that hard at all if you have the right tools (like every job). 😉
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