There are certain parts of a vehicle that are intimidating until you get your hands on them. I just experienced this for myself last night. The rear brakes on my wife’s 2016 Mazda CX-5 started making a bit of noise. I assumed it was just time for fresh pads, so I wanted to try and give this repair a go myself. Now I’m sure many of you have changed pads or even rotors and more, but I’ve never touched the brakes on a vehicle. And it’s a part of the car I really don’t want to screw up, especially in my wife’s car.
So brake work intimidated me. Even though I’ve always heard it is usually a piece of cake. So with guidance from Friend of Hooniverse Rick Radcliffe, a very easy-to-follow brake how-to video I found on YouTube, and our CX-5 staring me in the face in my garage, I decided to have at it.
And guess what? It was total cake. Even with the rear electronic parking brake, I knew what to potentially look out for and how to handle the whole thing. And in the comment section of the YouTube video I linked above, the poster mentions exactly how to put the car in and out of maintenance mode as is needed for the parking brake.
I got the pads in place. The rotors went back on after spreading back the piston. And I torqued the wheels all back up nice and tight. After that, a quick ride around the block showed no pedal fade, no noise, and issue-free brake operation, including the parking brake.
I was scared of this one, and I didn’t need to be. And now, I no longer am.