How to Replace Brake Lining Rivets

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What You'll Need
Hand-held battery powered electric drill
Drill bit of a greater size than the rivet
Rivet press
Safety glasses

Brake lining undergoes a lot of wear and tear from friction when force is applied on the brake pedal. The lining, as a result of this friction, wears out to a point that the rotor starts to get damaged and should be replaced as soon as possible. This article will guide you through replacing rivets that are a mode of connecting brake linings to the brake pads so that the lining can ultimately be replaced.

Step 1: ­ Take Appropriate Precautions

Since you will be required to use power tools to complete the job, read through all the safety guides and literature that come with the device. Using a drill requires you to wear a pair of thick rubber gloves to get a better grip on the device and to offer protection. The use of safety glasses and a facemask for eye and mouth protection is advised.

Step 2: ­ Removing the Tire

Use a wrench to loosen the nuts that attach the wheels to the drive shaft and raise the car on a car jack. After this is done, unscrew each nut with your hand and heave the tire out of the housing. Make sure that you work in a comfortable position, as this type of work is hard on the back. Do not work on the tire barehanded because this can cause injuries and allergic reactions from the rubber and dust.

Step 3: ­ Disassembling the Brakes

Review your car manual for specifics on how your car's brakes are put together. Generally, the brake is held on to the rotor by nuts and a brake cover is installed, again via nuts, for servicing. Be sure to not loosen the nuts that hold the brake; only work on the ones that would release the brake cover. After this is done, locate the pins that hold the brake pads in place and remove them by sliding them out of their sockets. Take the brake pads out.

Step 4: ­ Replacing the Rivets

Use a chisel to remove the head of the rivets; this is the rounded part of the metal nail. After this is done, use a drill installed with a drill bit of a size smaller than the size of the rivet to drill a hole in the stem of the rivet to make it hollow. This will allow a punch and hammer to be used. Slide in the punch into the stem of the now hollow rivet and hammer on lightly until the rivet falls out on the other side. Make sure that you do not enlarge the rivet hole or larger rivets will have to be installed. New rivets are installed by using a rivet press. The brake pad is to be attached into the rivet press in such a way that the brake lining faces upwards. After ensuring that the pad is fitted properly in the clamps of the press, hammer on the press hard to ensure proper installation of the rivet. Use sufficient force while doing this so that the rivets are punched in correctly. Reassemble the brake and you are done.