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Starting and stopping are key parts of the driving experience. Green light means go. Red light means stop. Each time you apply the brakes, the brake pads press against the rotors to safely bring you to a halt. However, over time — generally between 25,000 and 70,000 miles or according to your vehicle’s owner’s manual — brake pads wear down and need replacing.

If you’re handy in the garage and can change your windshield wiper blades, spark plugs and oil, then don’t put the brakes on changing your brake pads, too! You’ll just need a jack stand, an automotive tool set, new brake pads, and 30-60 minutes. If you’re “braking bad,” then watch our short video below to learn how to change your brake pads DIY-style.

Once you’re ready to get back on the road, Direct Auto Insurance can help get you covered. Call 1-877-DIRECT (1-877-463-4732), click, or come in to speak with a friendly, local agent — today!

Step 1: Place car on jack stand

Step 2: Take off wheel

Step 3: Remove hardware and old brake pads

Step 4: Push in caliper piston

Step 5: Install new pads…

Step 6: And hardware