How to Install Ceramic Brake Pads

  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-150
What You'll Need
Ceramic brake pads
Dial indicator gauge
Protective overalls
Working gloves
Filtering mask

Ceramic brake pads are known for their high performance since they wear well over time and offer effective braking. They are light in weight as a result of the materials used in their manufacture, which means they dissipate heat well. This also makes them costly compared to metallic brake pads. They can be beneficial to cars that require hard driving, such as sports vehicles, as they do not break down easily even after repeated use.

Step 1 – Get Necessary Materials

When buying ceramic brake pads get rotors as well, as they must be bedded in together to enhance performance. Even before installing the new rotors, it is recommended to look out for excessive run-out using a dial indicator gauge. Replace rotors that have an excessive run-out that is more than .004 inch.

It is important to wear protective gear, such as a filtering mask, when working with brake components

Step 2 - Jack Car

Park the car in a spacious area and jack the car. Support with jack stands. Remove the wheel and find disc brake calipers. They are found between the lug bolts and brake pads in most cars. Inspect the condition of the old pads and rotors for damage, wear and tear. If they are dirty, clean them to remove rust, grease, oil or debris. Because the new ceramic brake pad is being installed, remove them even if they are in good condition.

Step 3 – Compress Calipers

Position the C-clamp in such a way that the brake calipers are placed in between the two sides. Carefully compress the calipers by adjusting the clamp. Observe how bolts and retaining clips are positioned before removing them carefully. Place them on a clean and safe surface. Remove the calipers as well. Clean the components to remove dirt debris or grease.

Step 4 – Remove Brake Pads

Once calipers have been removed, locate the brake pads and detach them from position using a spanner. Clean the calipers and remove grease, oil or debris.

Step 5 – Install Ceramic Brake Pads

Start by adjusting the brake piston. This is the component that pushes down brake pads against rotors. Use the C-clamp to adjust the piston, making sure it is at the farthest position. Carefully attach ceramic brake pads where the old brake pads were positioned.

Replace the calipers and fix the lug bolts and retaining calipers. Make sure they are fastened and secure before replacing the wheel and screwing it in position.


Keep away lubricants and brake oil away from braking components. Take care that they do not come into contact with the paint job on the car, as they easily destroy it.

Always clean residue from previous brake pads. Watch out for rust, scale or debris on the braking components and mounting surface to prevent vibration that causes noise otherwise known as brake judder or brake shimmy.