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10 Tools to Have Ready for Your Next DIY Brake Job

DIY Brake Job – Parts Experts

Nothing is worse than starting a project and realising you lack the supplies you require to complete it. When it comes to car maintenance, assembling your tools in advance will enable you to work continuously. Before you start getting your hands dirty mending your brake job, be sure you have all the necessary tools.

Sock Wrench & Ratchet Set

You'll need a socket wrench and ratchet set for a successful brake job. These will enable you to take the brake calipers out of the suspension on your automobile.

Jack & Jack Stands

You'll need a jack and jack stands to safely get beneath your car since you'll need to remove the tyres from it to work on the brakes. For these kinds of activities, a service or floor jack is advised since it will provide you access to a greater height than a jack designed only for tyre replacements.

You may use jack stands to guarantee that your automobile is securely fastened to the jack to avoid any slippage. Before performing any work below your car, make sure you have both a jack and stands since doing so is dangerous. More guidance on how to choose the best jack for your needs may be found here.

Brake Pad Spreader

You may install your new brake pads by resetting your pistons with the use of a brake pad spreader. A c-clamp can also be used for this.

Specialty Brake Job Tools

Make sure you have these specialised tools in your garage before you start working. You might not use them all, depending on how you maintain your brakes, but having them on hand can be beneficial.

Brake piston tool

You might want a brake piston caliper wind back cube tool to change your rear brake pads. To spin the pistons back into the cylinder, use this together with a ratchet with a 3/8-inch square drive.

Torque Wrench

To properly torque your brake calliper bolts and lug nuts once you've put your wheels back on the car, you'll need a torque wrench.

Allen/Torx Set

To adjust your brake calipers if they are connected by Allen bolts, you will need an Allen/hex key set. A torx set is required if you have torx bolts. To determine which style you have, look at the design of the bolts on the back of your calipers.

Brake Line Wrench

You'll need a brake line wrench, also known as a flare nut wrench, to remove any trapped air in the hydraulic lines before disconnecting the brake hose to replace your brake calipers.

Safety Equipment

You should always have the appropriate protective gear on hand before commencing a brake work in addition to the items specified above.


Mechanic gloves are essential when working on your braking system to shield your hands from any chemicals, oils, or debris. For many types of maintenance tasks, disposable gloves are an excellent option.


When completing your brake job, be sure to use a face mask to prevent dust inhalation. To prevent overheating while working, your mask should tightly fit over your mouth and nose while yet allowing for enough airflow.

Safety Glasses

When working on your car, put on safety glasses to shield your eyes from dirt, liquids, and any small bits that could fly out of the way. Look for glasses that are anti-fog, scratch-resistant, and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Consult your optometrist about acquiring prescription safety glasses if you routinely work on your automobile and use prescription glasses.

Additional Items to Support Your Brake Job Tools

Make sure you have any replacement components on available if you want to replace any during the brake service. Additionally, you have to have brake fluid, oil, and lubricants on hand.

Before starting, do a tonne of study and consult a professional after assembling your brake work tool set. Of course, the professionals at our Parts Experts locations would be pleased to assist you in finding any used car parts.

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