The Perfect Brake Job®


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Step 1

Test drive vehicle to confirm owner’s comments

Step 2

Inspect tire condition                                                 

Step 3

Check suspension:                                                      

  • Tie Rods
  • Ball Joints
  • Shocks
  • CV Axles
  • Bushings

Step 4

Check for end play                                                       

Step 5

Inspect master cylinder, booster, ABS unit and other valves

Step Six

Pull all four wheels:       

  • Mark rotor and drum to stud

Step Seven

Inspect floating caliper:

  • Free movement
  • Piston pullback

Step Eight

Inspect rotor:

  • Grooves
  • Discoloration
  • Proper thickness

Step Nine

Inspect caliper body condition and bracket/strut for damage or wear

Step Ten

Inspect hardware and rubber components

Step Eleven

Inspect brake hoses

Step Twelve

Inspect pads:

  • Taper or uneven wear
  • Delamination
  • Shape of shim
  • Measuring lining thickness

Step Thirteen

Check run-out

Step Fourteen

Remove drums

Step Fifteen

Inspect drum:

  • Grooves
  • Discoloration
  • Wear
  • Maximum diameter

Step Sixteen

Inspect wheel cylinders for leakage

Step Seventeen

Inspect hardware:

  • Springs and pins
  • Return and hold down items
  • Parking brake levers
  • Backing plates

Step Eighteen

Inspect shoes:

  • Wear pattern
  • Cracking
  • Measure lining thickness

Step Nineteen

Write estimate based on MAP guidelines and inspection


Step Twenty

Drain and refill fluid in master cylinder

Step Twenty One

Clamp off brake hose with proper line locks

Step Twenty Two

Remove caliper body and support using wire or other means                                        

Step Twenty Three

Index the rotor to the stud then remove the rotor                                                            

Step Twenty Four

Clean hubs                                                                                                                                 

Step Twenty Five

If machining, sand with 120 grit paper for one minute per side                                       

Step Twenty Six

Wash rotor with soap and water if new or machined                                                          


Step Twenty Seven

Install rotor and check lateral run-out on vehicle with lugs torqued to specs                

Step Twenty Eight

Clean and lubricate caliper bracket and slides                                                                     

Step Twenty Nine

Lubricate pads at all metal-to-metal contact points to include shim on backing plate   

Step Thirty

Install new brake pads and new hardware:

  • NAPA® Adaptive One®
  • NAPA® Ultra Premium™
  • NAPA® Premium™
  • NAPA® Proformer™

Step Thirty One

Install caliper:

• Torque all bolts to specification                                                                                               

Step Thirty Two

Remove hose clamp                                                                                                                      

Step Thirty Three

Flush and bleed brake system                                                                                                     

Drum Brakes

Step Thirty Four

Wash brake assembly with proper equipment                                                                        

Step Thirty Five

Disassemble brake system                                                                                                          

Step Thirty Six

Lubricate backing plate at shoe rest                                                                                          

Step Thirty Seven

Install brake shoes and new hardware                                                                                     

Step Thirty Eight

Wash drums with soap and water if new or machined                                                          

Step Thirty Nine

Flush and bleed brake system                                                                                                    

Step Forty

Install drum and adjust shoe-to-drum clearance with a proper tool, if applicable            


Step Forty One

Check pedal height                                                                                                                          

Step Forty Two

Install wheels and torque to specifications

Step Forty Three

Fill the master cylinder to the proper level

Step Forty Four

Test drive vehicle and bed in brakes, to ensure customer satisfaction