HOW TO... Fit uprated brake pads
Enhancing your MX-5’S stopping power can only be a good thing, so here’s how to fit a set of high performance brake pads at home: the procedure can, of course, be applied to fitting standard pads, but do try an upgrade.
Stopping your car is as important as how fast it can go – we explain how you can fit high performance brake pads for yourself
Check you know the whereabouts of everything you’ll need for the job, including the brake pads themselves – make sure they’re all in the box, as it’s frustrating to remove the wheels, calipers and the old pads, but then not be able to proceeed.
Loosen off the wheel nuts with the car on the ground, then carefully jack up the car and slip stands underneath. For additional safety, stow the wheels you’ve removed under the car – it also means you won’t trip over them later!
Open the bonnet and remove some of the brake fluid from the reservoir on top of the brake master cylinder. If you spill any, especially on your paint, wipe it off quickly as brake fluid is highly corrosive – similarly, avoid getting it on your skin.
Press the brake piston back using a G-clamp: it should move smoothly and easily. If it’s tight then there could be a problem with the piston. Note the use of a couple of wheel nuts to hold the disc securely in place.