The Complete Guide on How to Install a Power Stop Brake Kit

Installing a Power Stop brake kit is simple. Just follow these simple procedures:

17 Steps To Install a Power Stop Brake Kit

Step 1

Garner all the tools and parts you will need before you begin the installation. Here is a list of things you will need:


  • Power Stop brake pads

  • Power Stop rotors

  • Brake fluid (as identified on the owner's manual)

  • Brake component lube

  • A C-clamp or caliper piston compressor

  • Caliper hanger

  • A jack and a jack stand for lifting the vehicle

  • Wheel chocks

  • Safety glasses and gloves


Step 2

Once you are sure the vehicle is on a hard, level surface, check the brake fluid level. It should be half-full. However, you need to pay close attention to it.

Step 3

Check the car wheels, set the parking brake, and loosen the wheels' nuts. Then, lift the vehicle and support it with the jack stands at the proper jacking points.

Step 4

Altogether remove the nuts on the car wheels one wheel at a time. Then, place the tire/wheel under the car to prevent the car from falling on the ground if the jack is faulty.

Step 5

Inspect the brake components for any leaking or damaged signs

Step 6

Remove the two caliper pin bolts holding the caliper to the bracket and support it with a caliper hanger. It may damage the hose if you allow it to hang loosely from the brake hose.

Step 7

The next thing to do is to detach the caliper bracket bolts and the caliper bracket.

Step 8

Now, remove the rotor screws, if any. If it is glued to the hub, use a mallet to loosen it by gently tapping on the rotor's alternating left, right, top, and bottom.

Step 9

Usually, the piston extends as the brake pad material wears. So, push the piston back inside the caliper. This will give the new brake pads enough room to be fixed. Before compressing the piston, to prevent damage to the piston, use a piston compressor or a c-clamp to cover the surface from tarnishing.

Push the piston slowly to avoid damaging the ABS modulator, brake valve, or master cylinder. Now, check and monitor the brake fluid level in the reservoir so it does not overflow. Then, detach the piston compressor or c-clamp used and drain some brake fluid from the reservoir.

Step 10

Now, clean the rotor hub with a wire brush and a hub cleaning kit to remove rust and debris. If not, the rotor may run out and lead to wheel vibration. Now, apply a thin layer of anti-seize to the hub surface to remove the rotor easily.

Step 11

Before fixing the rotor, clean it with mild soap and water, then wipe it clean with a clean cloth. Also, check the lateral run out for any variation between the rotor and its affixed hub. The standard lateral runout is between .003" to .005".

Correct any change if you notice any change by fixing the rotor one hole after the other. This will also help you find the best position for the rotor. Not correctly setting the rotor will result in some vibrations and damage to the rotor with time.

Step 12

Detach the old hardware from the caliper bracket and clean the rust with a wire brush. Most notably, clean off the areas where the pads have direct contact with the hardware. This will properly position the new hardware on the bracket. When replacing the hard wares, ensure you apply brake lube to the pins and pad contact points.

Step 13

Install the caliper bracket back and fix the caliper bolts before installing the new brake pads. Remember to apply a little brake lube on the pad's back, where it comes in contact with the caliper. However, be careful not to allow brake lube to touch the friction side of the brake pads.

Step 14

Now, reinstall the caliper. Be careful not the twirl the brake hose. Also, remember to attach the bolts for a firm hold.

Step 15

The last thing to do is to bleed the brakes to remove air from the system and fill the fluid reservoir to the maximum line. But be careful not to overfill the reservoir.

Step 16

Reinstall the wheels and the lug nuts. Then, bring the vehicle down to finish the nut tightening.

Step 17

To complete the task, perform one of the break-in procedures, depending on the type of Power Stop rotors used. This step is essential as it makes for consistent and noiseless braking and maximum performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are Powerstop brakes good for towing?

Yes, Powerstop brakes are good for towing. The brake pads and rotors are designed to provide superior stopping power and performance in all conditions, including when towing heavy loads. They also feature a corrosion-resistant coating that helps protect against rust and wear. Additionally, the pads are made from a high-friction material that provides excellent braking performance even in wet conditions.

2. Are Powerstop Z23 brakes good?

Yes, Powerstop Z23 brakes are good. The Z23 brake pads and rotors feature a unique carbon-fiber ceramic formula that provides superior stopping power and performance. Additionally, the pads are designed to reduce noise and dust while providing excellent braking performance in all conditions. The rotors also feature a corrosion-resistant coating that helps protect against rust and wear.

3. What happens if you don't bed in brakes?

If you don't bed in your brakes, it can lead to poor braking performance and increased noise. Bedding in the brakes helps to create a layer of the friction material on the rotor surface that helps to reduce brake noise and improve braking performance. Additionally, it helps to ensure that the pads are properly seated against the rotor for maximum stopping power.

4. How often should I replace my Powerstop brakes?

You should replace your Powerstop brakes every 50,000 miles or as needed. However, it is important to inspect your brakes regularly and replace them if they show signs of wear or damage. You should also have your brakes inspected by a professional mechanic at least once a year to ensure they are in good condition.

5. How do I know when my Powerstop brakes need to be replaced?

You will know when your Powerstop brakes need to be replaced if you notice any of the following signs: decreased braking performance, increased brake noise, or visible wear on the brake pads or rotors. Additionally, it is important to have your brakes inspected by a professional mechanic at least once a year to ensure they are in good condition.

How To: Install A New PowerStop Set of Brake Pads & Rotors (Video)


By now, you must have understood that driving safely with Power Stop's braking system is not easy. This brake kit is designed to ensure smooth and comfortable braking without any drama. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee which means you can be at ease about the performance of this product. This brake kit will give your car an extra edge when it comes to safety. Now that you know everything about this amazing product, make sure to install it as soon as asked in the article.

John D. Archer

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.

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