How to Change Your Avid Disc Brake Pads in a Few Easy Steps!

If you're like me, you change the oil in your car on a regular basis. But did you know that you should also be changing your brake pads? It's a job that can easily be done yourself, and in this blog post I'm going to show you how.

So whether you're a novice or an experienced car mechanic, read on for all the necessary information. Changing your Avid disc brake pads is actually a lot easier than you might think - just follow these simple steps and you'll be good to go.

Change your Avid disc brake pads without making a mess


It can be a messy job to change your disc brake pads, but it doesn't have to be. Here are a few tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible:

-Clean the braking surface on the rotor and the new pads before installing them. This will help ensure a good seal and prevent squealing.

-Use plenty of lube when installing the new pads. This will help keep them in place and prevent squeaking.

-If you're having trouble getting the old pads out, use a screwdriver or other tool to pry them loose. Be careful not to damage the rotor in the process.

-Make sure to install the new pads in the same direction as the previous ones were installed. This will help ensure that the rotor stays centered and won't rub against itself.

-After replacing the pads, apply some more lube to the area where the pads meet the rotor. This will help keep everything together and prevent squeaking. You can use an aerosol sprayer or a small amount of oil from a bicycle chain lubricant.

-Once all these steps are done, give your brakes a test ride to see if they work correctly again.

Tips for changing Avid disc brake.

Here are a few things to consider before you start changing your Avid disc brake. These include:

-Check the condition of your existing pads. If they look worn or dirty, replace them immediately.

-Don't forget to check the condition of your rotors. If they look worn, replace them too.

-Before you begin, make sure you know what type of Avid disc brake you have. There are two types: Avid's own XC series and their XD series. The difference between the two is that the XD series has a longer lever arm than the XC series.

-You'll need a pair of pliers to remove the bolts holding the caliper onto the frame.

-To remove the caliper, first, loosen the bolt that holds the caliper onto the handlebars. Then pull the caliper off the handlebar.

-Next, remove the bolts that hold the caliper onto the fork.

-Finally, remove the caliper by pulling it away from the frame.

-Now that the caliper is removed, you can access the pad carrier assembly. Remove the screws that hold the pad carrier into the caliper.

How to know when your Avid disc brake pads need to be changed

Avid disc brake pads need to be changed when they reach their limit. There are many ways to know when your Avid disc brake pads need to be changed.

For example, if the Avid disc brake pads are making noise, that's one way to know. If the Avid disc brake pads are not working as well as they used to, that's another way to know. And finally, if the Avid disc brake pads are starting to look worn out, that's yet another way to know.

So, basically, there are three ways to know when your Avid disc brake pads need to be changed: noise, poor performance, and wear and tear. Keep an eye (and ear) out for these things, and you'll be sure to change your Avid disc brake pads in a timely manner.

Watch How to change your Avid disc brake pads

How to change your Avid disc brake pads FAQs:

1. Can I replace brake pads and discs myself?

Yes, you can replace brake pads and discs yourself. However, we strongly advise against attempting to do so unless you have some experience working on bikes. It's easy to damage components by trying to fix them yourself. Also, if you mess up, you could void your warranty.

We also recommend using a professional mechanic whenever possible. They can ensure that everything goes smoothly and correctly.

2. Is it OK to just replace brake pads?

No, it's not OK to just replace brake pad material. You must also replace the entire brake pad assembly when replacing brake pads. This includes the brake pad, backing plate, and screws that secure the brake pad to the rotor.

3. What size brake pads should I use?

You should use medium-sized brake pads. Smaller brake pads will only cause your brakes to wear faster, while larger ones will make your brakes less responsive.

4. Do you need to bleed brakes when changing pads?

Bleeding brakes aren't necessary when changing brake pads. However, it's still a good idea to check your brakes. If you find that your brakes aren't functioning correctly, you can always bleed them after you've changed the brake pads.

5. Why are my brakes soft after changing pads?

If your brake pads are getting softer, you may consider replacing them. The best way to tell whether or not your brake pads need to be replaced is to measure their thickness. If they're too thin, you know they need to be replaced.

However, if they're thicker than normal, you may want to contact your local shop to get advice about what to do next.

6. How long does it take to change brake pads?

It takes anywhere from five minutes to 45 minutes, depending on your brake system.


In conclusion, knowing how to change your Avid disc brake pads is essential. This is a simple process that anyone can do, and it only takes a few minutes. By following the steps in this article, you can ensure that your brakes are in good working order and that you can safely stop your bike.


John D. Archer is a mechanical engineer and writer based on the area of automotive accessories at, A resident expert and professional, John is passionate about all things automotive and loves to share his knowledge. He has good experience in all kind of automotive accessories. He has worked as a chief mechanical engineer in some reputed automotive garage firm.