Luxury cars, like Porsche, are known for providing the utmost comfort while you are driving down the road. They are made with premium components that define luxury in a lot of levels. But just like any other car components, Porsche brake pads can wear out and require replacement. When you have to replace your brake pad on your own then you have to go back to the car's manual to learn how to install one. But of course, we will gladly help through the steps below.
Step 1: Wheel Removal
Check on the configuration for the brakes of your car as things can be different on the front and rear part. Once you have checked on that, you can now proceed to remove the road wheel. Make sure you jack the car up to easily loosen up the nuts. Lift the car in order to see the brake caliper. Avoid problems by checking if the parking brakes have been turned off.
Step 2: Brake Pad Sensor Removal
The brake pad has a sensor that you should also remove. With a pair of pliers, remove the retaining clips in order to make it easier for you to remove the old pad. Get your screwdriver ready so that you can pry on the holes found on the pads. Make sure that nothing will interfere with the entire process by checking the caliper piston.
Step 3: Caliper Inspection
The caliper piston must be checked as to their cleanliness and when they are already dirty and have accumulated dirt, you will need to clean them using isopropyl alcohol. Proceed to check whether clamping rings can still be salvaged or not. Rebuilding the caliper is required when the rings have been ripped.
Step 4: Disc Thickness Measurement
You need to go through this process to check whether the discs need replacement or not. There are certain requirements and indicators that will require replacement for brake discs. Worn out discs should be replaced before installing the brake pads.
Step 5: Brake Pad Installation
Get a multi-piston brake pad sensor so that you can push back the piston into the caliper. If you do not have any, you can use a piece of plastic or wood in doing so. This will allow the thicker brake pads to easily squeeze into the surface. Apply gentle force when prying back the piston. Tighten the pads with the clips that you have previously removed.
Some Important Tips
Installing new Porsche brake pads require inspection. The carmaker dictates that pads must at least be changed once you have reached 10,000 miles of travel or annually whichever comes first. The pad replacement sensor can help you know whether the pads need replacement or not. Make sure that you replace both rear pads or both front pads at the same time as well, not one by this time then the pair next time. This will make sure that your car will function as smoothly as it did when your now older brake pads were still new.