How to Install Power Stop Brake Kit
Installing a Power Stop brake kit is simple. Just follow these simple procedures:
Steps to Install Power Stop Brake Kit
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
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.
Chock the car wheels, set the parking brake, and loosen the nuts on the wheel. Then, lift the vehicle and support it with the jack stand at the proper jacking points.
Completely remove the nuts on the car wheels one wheel at a time. Place the tire/wheel under the car to prevent the car from falling on the ground if the jack happens to be faulty.
Inspect the brake components for any leaking or damaged signs
Remove the two caliper pin bolts holding the caliper to the bracket and support it with a caliper hanger. If you allow it to hang loosely from the brake hose, it may damage the hose.
The next thing to do is to detach the caliper bracket bolts and the caliper bracket
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 alternating left, right, top, and bottom of the rotor.
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 on the piston, use a piston compressor or a c-clamp to cover the surface from tarnishing.
Push the piston in 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.
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.
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 the hub it is affixed to. The standard lateral runout is between .003" to .005".
If you notice any change, correct it 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.
Detach the old hardware from the caliper bracket and clean out the rust with a wire brush. Most notably, clean off the areas that 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.
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 pads 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.
Now, reinstall the caliper. Be careful not the twirl the brake hose. Also, remember to attach the bolts for a firm hold
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.
Reinstall the wheels and the lug nuts. Then, bring the vehicle down to finish the nut tightening.
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.